The Edinburgh companion to contemporary Scottish poetry

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Edinburgh University Press, Sep 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
Combining thematic chapters with in-depth analyses of key English, Gaelic, and Scots poems, the volume addresses the central issues that respond to social, economic, and political changes, such as the influence of tradition (both national and international); the question of language; the rise of women's writing; the relationship between poetry and politics; and the importance of place to the Scottish imagination. Chapters reflect a broad range of interests while also offering detailed analyses of the ways writers broach their subject matter, including close readings of Edwin Morgan, Kenneth White, Aonghas MacNeacail, Kathleen Jamie, John Burnside, Robin Robertson, Mick Imlah, and Don Paterson, among others. Practicing poets and academics capture the range and quality of poetry in Scotland.

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Scottish Womens Poetry since the 1970s
Contemporary Poetry in Scots
Contemporary Gaelic Poetry

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Colin Nicholson is Professor of eighteenth century and modern literature, University of Edinburgh.