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This collection of Norman MacCaig's poems is offered as the definitive edition of his work. It has been edited by his son, Ewen. A prolific writer, MacCaig left about 600 unpublished poems after his death; 99 have been selected for inclusion here. The aim of the selection process was to sustain the overall quality of the 1990 Collected Poems, which was compiled by the poet ...more
Hardcover, 532 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Polygon
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Mandy Haggith
Mar 30, 2014 Mandy Haggith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, poetry
MacCaig spent 40 summers in Assynt, in the northwest of Scotland, and wrote poetry that will change the way you look at the landscape, its wildlife and people. He was the master of sharp, clear and exquisite observation about the natural world, and of drawing philosophical depths out of those clear waters. Marvellous.
Jun 27, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I have had this collection of MacCaig's poems sitting beside me for a couple of months now. Dipping in and out of it, I read through it chronologically as the poems are presented, which allows you an overview of his progression as a poet from the more formal metre of his earlier work, to looser poems contemplating loss and memory in his later years.

Recurrent subjects are observations from the lochans and mountains of Assynt and from the streets of Edinburgh, two places where he passed most of h
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His sheer mastery of natural history, particularly birds cannot be surpassed !!
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The finest scottish poet of them all. And he knew Garry's grandfather !
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MacCaig was born in Edinburgh and divided his time, for the rest of his life, between his native city and Assynt in the Scottish Highlands. He registered as a conscientious objector during World War II. In 1967 he was appointed Fellow in Creative Writing at Edinburgh. He became a reader in poetry in 1970, at the University of Stirling.
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“Landscape is my religion.

...God in a green legend, I lean over the pool
In a testament of leaves. I dangle my twinkling mood
Before me in a cool cave roofed with branches
And floored with a skin of water. ”
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