Dain Do Eimhir

Sorley Maclean

A collection of poems from one of Scotland's finest Gaelic poets, Sorley MacLean.
Date Published :
June 2008
Publisher :
Birlinn
Editor :
Christopher Whyte
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781846970252
Pages : 306
Dimensions : 8.45 X 5.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$15.95

Overview
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MacLean's finest work is to be found in the sequence of themed poems, "Dain Do Eimhir agus Dain Eile"/ "Poems to Eimhir" and "Other Poems" (1943). Written mostly during the 1930s, the sequence consists of forty-eight love poems addressing a universal 'eimhir', or woman. At the heart of the poems is a sense of lamentation for lost love and opportunity yet they are also sharply political.

About The Author
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Angus Peter Campbell (Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul) is an award-winning poet and novelist in both Gaelic and English, journalist, broadcaster and actor. Born and brought up on the Island of South Uist he now lives on the Isle of Skye with his wife and family. His Gaelic novel An Oidhche mus do Sheol Sinn (2004) was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and was voted by the public into the Top 10 of the 100 Best Ever Books from Scotland in the Orange/List magazine awards. Aonghas MacNeacail was born in Uig on Skye in 1942. He is a poet and songwriter, journalist, researcher, broadcaster, scriptwriter and filmmaker. He has published collections of poems in both Gaelic and English, and his writing has appeared in literary journals in Scotland and worldwide. He was winner of the 2006 Gaelic Prize of the Wigtown Poetry Competition for his poem 'An fhior bheinn', and in 2007 was among the prize-winners of the major Ireland-based Strokestown International Poetry Competition.

Sorley MacLean was born on the island of Raasay in 1911. He was brought up within a family and community immersed in Gaelic language and culture, particularly song. He studied English at Edinburgh University from 1929, taking a first class honours degree. Despite this influence, he eventually adopted Gaelic as the medium most appropriate for his poetry. He translated much of his own work into English, opening it up to a wider public. Amongst other awards and honours, he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1990. He died in 1996 at the age of 85. Christopher Whyte is probably the greatest living expert on MacLean's poetry. His annotated editions of the "Dain do Eimhir" and "An Cuilithionn 1939" contained a significant quantity of hitherto unpublished material and have been met with acclaim. He is himself a Gaelic poet of substance whose fifth collection, "An Daolag Shionach," is due to appear in 2012. Author of four novels in English, he taught from 1990 to 2005 at the Department of Scottish Literature in Glasgow University. He now lives and writes full-time in Budapest. Emma Dymock gained a First Class Honours in Celtic at the University of Edinburgh in 2003, and has since completed an MSc on symbolism in twentieth-century Gaelic poetry and a PhD on themes of politics and concepts of the self in Sorley MacLean's "An Cuilithionn." She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has written various articles and chapters on the subject of Sorley MacLean's poetry, as well as co-editing two books on Scottish and Gaelic literature."

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