Beyond Identity: New Horizons in Modern Scottish Poetry by Attila Dsa, Attila Dosa

By Attila Dsa, Attila Dosa

In past id, 13 of Scotland's top identified poets mirror upon the theoretical, sensible and political issues enthusiastic about the act of writing. They provide a different advisor to modern Scottish poetry, discussing a variety of matters 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 on the connection among social, financial 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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Manchester: Carcanet. Muir, Edwin. 1935. Scottish Journey. London: W. Heinemann, in association with V. Gollancz. Nicholson, Colin. 1992. Poem, Purpose and Place: Shaping Identity in Contemporary Scottish Verse. Edinburgh: Polygon. O’Rourke, Donny. 2002. ) Dream State: The New Scottish Poets. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Polygon. 1–5. Scott, Sir Walter. 1994. Waverley. London: Penguin. Scottish Arts Council. 2002. Literary Strategy: 2002–2007. Edinburgh: The Scottish Arts Council. Scottish Executive. 2007.

He was then writing a poetic version of the letters of Eugene Politovsky, Flag Engineer of the Russian fleet, 60 Douglas Dunn defeated in the 1905 Battle of Tsushima. The long poem appeared as The Donkey’s Ears, almost simultaneously with The Year’s Afternoon, in 2000. In the same year the British Council organised Dunn’s visit to Budapest, with Robert Crawford and the Welsh novelist Patricia Duncker. The second half of the conversation, which we had in his office at St Andrews University, focuses on questions related to translation, poetic vocabulary and aspects of his own rural, west-coast cultural heritage.

No wonder, again, that a major critical summary of his work has yet to be written. The interview that follows was conducted in appreciation of Morgan’s outstanding work as a translator of foreign poetry, and the conversation has a particular Hungarian slant to it. He has maintained a special relationship with Hungarian, Russian and Italian literature through his translations. Translation is a sort of playing-field for the extrovert mind: it is a spiritual reality, a virtual adventure, perhaps a useful sublimation of emigration, and presumably a version of what Kenneth White has called “intellectual nomadism”.

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