Tag Archives: T.S.Eliot

Carry On, Leonora: 5

This summer I went to Liverpool to see the large Carrington show in the Tate. I stayed, as is my wont, in a mid-range hotel, part of a chain so, wherever you go, the rooms and the menus are much … Continue reading

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Heroes and Homilies (3)

(This third section is an attempt to bring the argument a little more up to date by using three contemporary writers as a means of categorising certain ways of working with old texts, what I call ‘diachronic translation’, i.e. within … Continue reading

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Non-Standard (2)

(This second part is drawn from the lectures I delivered at Newcastle on ‘Modern Scottish Poetry’, a course I taught until it became evident that Creative Writing was where all the effort needed to go, in terms of designing an … Continue reading

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Four Beginnings

Sarah Broom, Tigers at Awhitu (Carcanet Oxford Poets), £9.95, 73pp; Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Inroads (Seren), £7.99, 64pp; Adam O’Riordan, In the Flesh (Chatto & Windus) ?49pp; Sam Willetts, New Light for the Old Dark (Cape Poetry), £10.00, 55pp There are two … Continue reading

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The Great Moc Gonagall

Norman Watson, Poet McGonagall: The Biography of William McGonagall (Birlinn) One of the first books of poetry I remember from my childhood is listed in the bibliography to this new life of William McGonagall, the enigmatic purveyor of bad verse … Continue reading

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A Turbulent Makar

(This piece on Edwin Morgan’s Scottish Laureateship was written in November 2005 for a small magazine the name and a copy of which continues to evade me.) The idea of a poet laureate carries with it some interesting preconceptions. Although … Continue reading

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