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Northlight

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A collection of poems demonstrating a wide-ranging artistry and imagination. Some are set in the parts of Scotland where he lives, others in Italy, Australia and France. The book includes love poems and political poems as well as a long meditation on the sensorial foundations of art, an address to Adolphe Sax (the inventor of the saxaphone) and an elergy for Philip Larkin.
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Published by Faber & Faber (first published 1988)
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Craig
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Northlight. I’d only encountered Douglas Dunn before in anthologies and remember finding his work somewhat impenetrable, so it was a pleasant surprise to find this book to be relatively accessible.

Dunn has a real talent in building up a scene and painting a full, atmospheric picture. Many of these poems are set in his home by the Firth of Tay and he takes great pleasure in bringing to life places that perhaps wouldn’t seen natural material for poetry – rail bridges,
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Toby
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-drama
A beautiful volume of poetry. Dunn perfectly manages the poetic balancing act of making the parochial universal without losing the very definite sense of place. I've only passed through Dundee on the train, but Dunn brings out his deep love of the city against those who would scorn it. "Here and There" being a heartfelt response to the, real of perceived, criticisms of those who thinks he is priming the parish pump. There is great variety here in subject matter, style and length. It's probably n ...more
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This collection seemed uneven to me—some standout, stellar pieces, and some I found too personal and irrelevant (though I suppose some readers like that style of poetry).
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Douglas Eaglesham Dunn is a Scottish poet, academic and critic.

He was a Professor of English at the University of St Andrews from 1991, becoming Director of the University's Scottish Studies Centre in 1993 until his retirement in September 2008. He is now an Honorary Professor at St Andrews, still undertaking postgraduate supervision in the School of English. He was a member of the Scottish Arts C
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