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Diaries of a Dying Man

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William Soutar was one of the greatest Scots poets of his generation. Tragically he was confined to bed with a crippling illness for the last thirteen years, Soutar kept a day-by-day record of his experiences and observations-personal, literary, and philosophical. Each page is written with striking bravery and determination, providing a striking bravery into the life of th ...more
Paperback, Canongate Classics, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Canongate Books (first published 1995)
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Helen (Helena/Nell)
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm on my third time through this book.

The first time I thought I had read it but I hadn't. I read another book, which was correctly titled The Diary of a Dying Man (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23...), the diary entries Soutar himself collected under that title during the last four months of his life, formatted as he formatted them himself, with heading notes in the left hand margin, and sometimes pictures. He died a little more quickly than he expected to.

This book, which is much longer,
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Lucy Barnhouse
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I picked up this memoir in a secondhand bookshop, Soutar's name was unknown to me, but I was instantly attracted by his thoughts on Keats' concept of negative capability. And Soutar shares the romantic poet's zeal for experience, the passionate desire for openness, and the capacity for vivid, loving observation of specifics: a blackbird's summer song, the taste of winter vegetables, a friend's mannerism, the fact that the maid decides to clean the windows while bare-legged. That Soutar is s ...more
Adrian
Soutar, a Scottish poet, picked up rheumatoid arthritis in 1918 which eventually got into his spine making him immobile and bedridden before he was 30. He died of pneumonia in 1943. For much of his final thirteen years he kept a diary which alternated between high-minded philosophy and the lows of his deteriorating life. Moving, instructive and oddly uplifting. He kept the diary up until the day before his death. This book makes an interesting comparison with bedridden American diarist Arthur In ...more
Roddy
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hadn't heard of William Soutar until I read about the inspiration for James Macmillan's "After the Tryst", a beautiful piece for violin and piano. The poem is so evocative of the experience of young love and Macmillan translates this into music perfectly. As for this book, it is very poignant and any Christian reading it will feel the urge to sit with him and talk......
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William Soutar was a Scottish poet, born 1898. He served in the navy in World War I, and afterwards studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he encountered the work of Hugh MacDiarmid. This led to a radical alteration in his work, and he became a leading poet of the Scottish Literary Renaissance and 'one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced'. In 1924, he was diagnosed with ankylosing s ...more
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