was born 120 years ago today. Best known for his long, comic, dark, epic, complex poem A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle
, he was a central figure in the Scottish Renaissance
. He was the type of guy who would get kicked out of the Scottish National Party for being a communist and get kicked out of the Communist Party of Great Britain for being a Scottish nationalist. [more inside]
Tobar an Dualchais
will keep you busy for awhile. It's a collection of over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland, from the 1930s onward. Folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, oh my. Includes some fascinating material from Belle Stewart
, the McPake Sisters of Peebles
and John the Bard.
British Women Romantic Poets Project
is a collection of poetry written by women from the British Isles between 1789 and 1832. Over a hundred female poets
are represented. Women rarely feature in literary histories of the Romantic period but there is treasure if you search (some poems are, frankly, terrible). A few places to start are Charlotte Turner Smith's Elegiac Sonnets, and Other Poems
, Christian Ross Milne's Simple Poems on Simple Subjects
and Mary Robinson's sonnet cycle Sappho and Phaon
. The oddest works to modern readers may be Elizabeth Hitchener's Enigmas, Historical and Geographical
and Marianne Curties' Classical Pastime
, which are collections of verse riddles (the answers are at the end of the text).
'Robert Burns: poet and balladeer, Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.'More
on the Robert Burns Tribute site.