By Attila Dsa, Attila Dosa
In past identification, 13 of Scotland's most sensible recognized poets mirror upon the theoretical, sensible and political issues fascinated by the act of writing. They provide a special consultant to modern Scottish poetry, discussing more than a few concerns that come with nationhood, schooling, language, faith, panorama, translation and identification. John Burnside, Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Kathleen Jamie, Edwin Morgan, Kenneth White and others, including such famous experimentalists as Frank Kuppner, Tom Leonard and Richard fee, discover questions about the connection among social, monetary and ecological realities and their poetic transformation. those interviews are set in the altered political context that from the re-establishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999 and the potential for a renewed engagement with wider eu tradition. Attila D?sa is Senior Lecturer on the division of English on the college of Miskolc, in northern Hungary.
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Morgan’s work is a summing up of a variety of strands in Scottish culture and at the same time is eagerly forward-looking. His interest in various dimensions of existence is coupled with a child-like curiosity – no wonder he found Hungarian poet Sándor Weöres, whom he extensively translated into English, a twin spirit. He is probably the most versatile poet of his generation: as such, the character of Morgan’s work is difficult, if not impossible, to pin down. No wonder, again, that a major critical summary of his work has yet to be written.
The first part of this interview was published in Poetry Review 89(3), 1999. A Different Drummer 61 Your much appraised Faber anthology Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry has been flatteringly said to have one weakness only: that you didn’t include some of your poems in it. Why does that representative collection of Scottish verse not contain some of the editor’s acclaimed poems? Modesty is not necessarily a virtue, but I wouldn’t want to claim it as my vice either. I just happen to believe that if you edit an anthology, then the editor should have the decency to absent his poems from the selection.
I liked that about him: there was a kind of innocence perhaps about him, which was very attractive. “In the course of six decades, one’s ideas and ideals concerning translation are bound to fluctuate, and I have sometimes allowed myself more freedom […] but I would still regard the general principle of being a good servant to the foreign poet, rather than thanking him very much and then going on to write a new poem of one’s own, a sound and (with luck) productive approach”, you write in your Collected Translations.