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The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry

Edited by Maurice Lindsay, Lesley Duncan

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Selected for the pleasure and interest they offer these 400 or so poems from more than 150 poets span the entire century. While the major figures - MacDiarmid pre-eminently, and others such as Norman MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith, and George Mackay Brown - are generously represented, there are many other voices, from the master balladeer of the Yukon, Robert Service, to the internationally-known psychiatrist R D Laing, the distinguished economist Sir Alec Cairncross, and the troubled but deeply eloquent Rayne Mackinnon.

Women are given due prominence. Readers unfamiliar with Helen Adam will experience a frisson at the sexual tensions of her ballad-poems while Naomi Mitchison reveals her intimate self. The admirable Marion Angus, Violet Jacob, and Helen B Cruickshank show their talents, while contemporary poets Liz Lochhead, Carol Ann Duffy, Janet Paisley, Jackie Kay, and many others, are well represented.

In a century of unprecedented change, the poems also act as a commentary on their times - and Scotland's war poets such as Charles Hamilton Sorley and Hamish Henderson, with their anger and eloquence, are included. With its lively engagement with the real world as well as the world of private creativity, this anthology will contribute to an ongoing sense of Scottish cultural identity.

Key Features

  • Includes more than 400 poems (compared to the 300 in the Faber volume)
  • Represents more than 150 poets (compared to the 70 or so in the Faber volume)
  • EUP's anthology spans the entire C20th century (while the Faber volume was published in the early 1990s)
  • The EUP volume includes more women poets than the Faber volume
  • The EUP volume is alphabetically arranged for ease of use (compared to the chronological arrangement of the Faber volume)
  • The EUP anthology includes biographjcal notes on each of the poets (which the Faber volume does not have)

Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Helen Adam
Song for a Sea Tower
I Love My Love
Margot Robert Adamson
Edinburgh
James Aitchison
The Inheritance
Dipper Territory
Landscape with Lapwings
Marion Angus
Alas! Poor Queen
The Fiddler
Anemones
Mary's Song
The Doors of Sleep
J. K. Annand
Arctic Convoy
Fur Coats
Mountain Pule
Meg Bateman
Aotromachd / Lightness
Fhir luraich 's fhir àlainn / O Bonnie Man, Lovely Man
D. M. Black
The Educators
The Water-Lily
Sheena Blackhall
Doric's No Dodo . . .
The Spik o' the Lan
Walk On
Captain Hamish Blair
The Bloody Orkneys
Alan Bold
Shore
from Edinburgh Castle
Deric Bolton
Schiehallion
What Might Have Been
Kate Y. A. Bone
Corners
Catlike
James Bridie (O. H. Mavor)
The West End Perk
George Mackay Brown
Ikey: His Will in Winter Written
Hamnavoe
The Lodging
The Mother
The Old Women
Hamish Brown
A Salting of Snow
Dogs
Counting Sheep
Margaret Gillies Brown
Village Woman
Calgary Bay
George Bruce
A Gateway to the Sea ( )
Love in Age
Inheritance
Kinnaird Head
Departure and Departure . . .
Soup and Sherry
Tom Bryan
Planting Potatoes during Chernobyl
John Buchan
from Alastair Buchan ( )
Fisher Jamie
Tom Buchan
The Everlasting Astronauts
Scotland the Wee
Elizabeth Burns
Jesus Speaks to the Church at Eastertime
Ophelia
John Burnside
Tundra's Edge
Lost
Out of Exile
Anstruther
Ron Butlin
Advertisement for a Scottish Servant
The Bath
John M. Caie
The Puddock
Janet Caird
John Donne, You Were Wrong . . .
Emigrants
Angus Calder
Greeting, Not Greeting
Curling: Old Murrayfield Ice Rink
October Opera for Kate
Robert B. Calder
Love in the Abstract
Sir Alec Cairncross
Covenanting Country
Munich
Gerry Cambridge
The Drunken Lyricist
Shore Crab
Fallen Maple Leaves
Foxgloves
Kate Clanchy
Mitigation
We Have Some Urgent Messages
Men From the Boys
Timetable
W. D. Cocker
The Deluge
Stewart Conn
Stolen Light
Todd
First Light
James Copeland
The Bayonet
Ed
Robert Crawford
Sobieski-Stuarts
Scotch Broth
Helen B. Cruikshank
Comfort in Puirtith
The Wishin' Well
Sae Lang Has Sorrow
Fate
Shy Geordie
Jenni Daiches
Horse in Glasgow
Jewish Cemetery, Frankfurt
Geometry
John Davidson
Epilogue - the Last Journey
Snow
Christine De Luca
Dancing with Demons
Streams in the Desert
Telling the Time
Kirkpatrick Dobie
Aberfan
King Claudius
Keith Douglas
Vergissmeinnicht
Simplify Me When I'm Dead
Adam Drinan
from The Men on the Rocks
Florence: Sleeping in Fog
Measures
Carol Ann Duffy
Prayer
War Photographer
Close
Valentine
Warming Her Pearls
Lesley Duncan
Festive Tolls
The Visit
Douglas Dunn
Ships
From the Night-Window
France
Envoi
Alison Fell
Pushing Forty
Pigeons
Rannoch Moor
Gillian Ferguson
Grey Kirk in the Mearns
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Bedtime
Gift
Finlay's House (in Rousay)
O.H.M.S.
Lillias Scott Forbes
Turning a Fresh Eye
The Half-Inch Tweeddale
Veronica Forrest-Thomson
Sonnet
In This House
Not Pastoral Enough
G. S. Fraser
Home Town Elegy
Lean Street
The Traveller Has Regrets
Hugh Frater and Duncan Macrae
The Wee Cock Sparra
Robin Fulton
The End of an Age
A Note for Robert Henryson
Forecast for a Quiet Night
Robert Garioch
Elegy
I Was Fair Beat
Nemo Canem Impune Lacessit
Flora Garry
Rostov-on-Don ( )
The Professor's Wife
Magi Gibson
Just Like Eve
Goldilocks
Reading in Bed
Valerie Gillies
We Meet Again
Summer Bull
The Look-Alike
Duncan Glen
Bell Barrow
My Faither
Twa Warlds
W. S. Graham
Loch Thom
Greenock at Night I Find You
Letter VI
Sir Alexander Gray
Scotland
On a Cat, Ageing
The Fine Fechtin Mouse
Andrew Greig
Still
Interlude on Mustagh Tower
Ruth Says
George Campbell Hay
Still Gyte, Man?
The Hind of Morning
Homer
The Old Fisherman
Hamish Henderson
The Flyting o' Life and Daith
The st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily
Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica:
Prologue
First Elegy
J. F. Hendry
The Constant North
The Ship
W. N. Herbert
The King and Queen of Dumfriesshire
Why the Elgin Marbles Must Be Returned to Elgin
Looking Up from Aeroplanes
Alan Jackson
Hitch-Haiku
Confessio
The Proddy Heebie Jeebies
The Worstest Beast
Violet Jacob
The Water-Hen
Tam i' the Kirk
The Neep-Fields by the Sea
Kathleen Jamie
Arraheids
The Queen of Sheba
Mrs McKellar, Her Martyrdom
Crossing the Loch
Jackie Kay
Old Tongue
Teeth
I. W. King
If Ye Hivni . . .
Norman Kreitman
In Torrett, Minorca
Lizard
Glossy Mail
Bonfire in April
Frank Kuppner
from An Old Guide-Book to Prague
R. D. Laing
Sonnet
Sonnet
Helen Lamb
She Said / He Said
Evidence
Tom Leonard
The Good Thief
Feed Ma Lamz
Maurice Lindsay
At Hans Christian Andersen's Birthplace, Odense, Denmark
Hurlygush
'Tis Sixty Years Since
Liz Lochhead
My Rival's House
The Empty Song
Poem for My Sister
Noises in the Dark
Roddy Lumsden
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Vanishing
Prayer to Be with Mercurial Women
George MacBeth
Shotts
The Ward
Alsatian
Brian McCabe
Seagull
Kite
Norman MacCaig
No Choice
Toad
Praise of a Collie
Heron
Byre
Double Life
Hugh MacDiarmid
Empty Vessel
The Bonnie Broukit Bairn
The Eemis Stane
O Jesu Parvule
Milk-Wort and Bog-Cotton
O Wha's Been Here Afore Me, Lass?
Lo! A Child is Born
Two Memories
from The Glass of Pure Water
Ellie McDonald
Widdershins
Uncle
Pittendrigh Macgillivray
Mercy o' Gode
Matt McGinn
Coorie Doon
The Big Orange Whale
Alastair Mackie
Schoolquine
Pieta
Primary Teachers
Albert D. Mackie
Molecatcher
Newsboy
Rayne Mackinnon
After the Snow
Bruckner
Scotland
The Cuillin
Hamish MacLaren
Island Rose
Alasdair Maclean
Rams
Question and Answer
After Culloden
Sorley MacLean / Somhairle MacGill-Eain
Calbharaigh / Calvary
My Een Are Nae on Calvary
Coin is madaidhean-allaidh / Dogs and Wolves
Traighean / Shores
Hallaig / Hallaig
Lìonmhorachd anns na speuran / Tumultuous Plenty
in the Heavens
Robert McLellan
Sang
Anne MacLeod
Shakespeare No More
Persephone's Daughter
Hugh McMillan
Leaving Scotland by Train
The X Files: Bonnybridge, October '
Adam McNaughtan
Oor Hamlet
The Jeelie Piece Song
Aonghas MacNeacail
Oideachadh ceart / A Proper Schooling
Anochd is tu bhuam / Tonight You Being From Me
Hugh Macpherson
Looking for 's in the ' s
Gerald Mangan
Glasgow
Ailsa Craig
Kirkintilloch Revisited
Angus Martin
Passchendaele
Who Among Common Men of Their Time?
Gordon Meade
The Scrimshaw Sailor
The Great Spotted Woodpecker
In Eyemouth Harbour
Elma Mitchell
The Crucifixion Will Not Take Place
The Death of Adam
Thoughts After Ruskin
Naomi Mitchison
To a Fisherman with the Present of a Knife
The Scottish Renaissance in Glasgow:
The Farm Woman:
Nettlebed Road
William Montgomerie
Flodden
Epitaph
Edwin Morgan
King Billy
Glasgow Green
Strawberries
The First Men on Mercury
Ken Morrice
To a Shy Girl at a Party
Crossing the Alps
Voyager
Edwin Muir
Scotland
Mary Stuart
Scotland's Winter
Song
Merlin
One Foot in Eden
Stephen Mulrine
The Coming of the Wee Malkies
Neil Munro
Hey, Jock, Are Ye Glad Ye 'Listed?
The Heather
In Prison
Charles Murray
Gin I Was God
Charon's Song
The Whistle
Donald S. Murray
An Incomplete History of Rock Music in the Hebrides
William Neill
A Celtic History
Lark
Are You There, Mr Punch?
Siùsaidh NicNèill
Steel Yourself
For Eric Blair
Dennis O'Donnell
The Young Men of Blackburn
The Crab
Even Solomon
Donny O'Rourke
Wine and Wooing
A Letter From My Father
Janet Paisley
The Intellectual
Feminist
The Turning
Don Paterson
The Trans-Siberian Express
The Eyes
Walter Perrie
Exilics: Leaving Lochboisdale,
Ascending Strathbraan
Tom Pow
A Favourite Stretch of Disused Railway
The Years
Richard Price
Horseshoe Crab in Fragrante Delicto
On, Off, Over
John Purser
The Organist Confesses to His Mirror
Love Poem
David Purves
Crabbit Angels
Cleikit
Kathleen Raine
To My Mountain
Maire Macrae's Song
Highland Graveyard
Tessa Ransford
First Thaw
A Stable Relationship
Viewpoint
Alastair Reid
Propinquity
Scotland
Weathering
The Manse
Robert Rendall
The Horse-Mill
Angle of Vision
Alan Riach
Antenor
Sankey Hymns
James Robertson
Melt (Twa)
Royalty
George Buchanan in Old Age
Robin Robertson
Affair of Kites
Flags of Autumn from Camera Obscura
David Rorie
The Pawkie Duke
Dilys Rose
Queen Bee
Figurehead
R. Crombie Saunders
The Empty Glen
Alexander Scott
Scotched
Continent o Venus
Calvinist Sang
The Sodgers
Tom Scott
Auld Sanct-Aundrians: Brand the Builder
Charles Senior
Fulmars
Robert Service
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Burns Singer
Poem
'The Local Ogres Are Against Me Here . . .'
A Poem About Death
Iain Crichton Smith
Poem of Lewis
John Knox
Old Woman
Returning Exile
Two Girls Singing
Sydney Goodsir Smith
Elegy V from Under the Eildon Tree
Ye Mongers Aye Need Masks for Cheatrie
Philomel
Largo
Charles Hamilton Sorley
When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead
William Soutar
The Philosophic Taed
The Gowk
The Tryst
Who Are These Children?
The Permanence of the Young Men
Winter Beauty
Muriel Spark
We Were Not Expecting the Prince To-day
The Yellow Book
Lewis Spence
Portrait of Mary Stuart, Holyrood
Capernaum
Kenneth Steven
The Calvinist
The Long Silence
Lamb
Edge
William J. (Bill) Tait
'On With the Dance! Let Freud Be Unconfined!'
The Contracting Universe
Adjustan Mysel tae the Situation
Derick Thomson / Ruaraidh MacThomais
Am bodach-ròcais / Scarecrow
Stèidhichean làidir / Lewis
Coimhthional Hiort / St Kildan Congregation
An dàrna eilean / The Second Island
Valerie Thornton
Birds of Passage
Ruthven Todd
Personal History
About Scotland, &c.
Sydney Tremayne
The Falls of Falloch
North of Berwick
Mixed Weather
Gael Turnbull
For Whose Delight
And I Think It Yours
Anne Turner
Medusa
W. Price Turner
Full Supporting Programme
Homely Accommodation, Suit Gent
Raymond Vettese
Scottish Mythology
Photograph
Scottish Names
Val Warner
Clearing Out
Roderick Watson
Is This Man, Martin Bormann?
Kenneth White
Brandan's Last Voyage
Song of the Coffin Close
McTaggart
Colin Will
Satori in Fauldhouse
Jim C. Wilson
Pruning
Death in Venice
Andrew Young
The Fear
Field-Glasses
The Falls of Glomach
Suilven
Culbin Sands
Douglas Young
The Ballant o' the Laird's Bath
For a Wife in Jizzen
For the Old Highlands
Last Lauch
Notes on Poets
Title Index
Index of First Lines.

About the Author

Maurice Lindsay, CBE, was a senior figure of Scottish letters, a poet and literary commentator. His seminal collection of Modern Scottish Poetry: An Anthology of the Scottish Renaissance 1920-1945 was followed by the influential, jointly edited Scottish Poetry series of new writing and by other works of scholarship as well as by his own volumes of poetry.

Lesley Duncan is a graduate of Glasgow and Pennsylvania State universities, a journalist and poetry editor of The Herald newspaper. In spring 2003 she broke in the national press the story of the discovery of hundreds of unknown poems by Hugh MacDiarmid. Her own poetry, much of it reflecting contemporary events and issues, has been regularly published by The Herald over the past 15 years.

Reviews

A pleasing, pleasure-filled book, with lots of surprises.
- Professor Alan Riach
I cannot imagine any reader who will not find seomthing to treasure in this anthology. Its selection principles are generous and expansive… it provides a welcome counterbalance in its promotion of female writers, as well as the occasional dip into more 'popular' forms.