Jamieson, De Luca, and the North

Guest post by Michael Stachura

“Neither the Shetlands nor the Orkneys […] have yet had poets of any worth […].” So says Hugh MacDiarmid in The Islands of Scotland (1939). It’s an obviously provocative statement, but MacDiarmid used provocation in an attempt to rouse Scotland (and its Isles) out of what he saw as a parochial and underdeveloped cultural context. MacDiarmid is not talking here in general terms about poets who come from the Northern Isles, but about those poets not utilizing the Isles’ distinct cultural and linguistic heritage. …read more >>