Hugh MacDiarmid and Modernist Poetry in Scots

Margery Palmer McCulloch

in Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634743
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651900 | DOI:
Hugh MacDiarmid and Modernist Poetry in Scots

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This chapter discusses Hugh MacDiarmid, who revived the Scots language as a modern and avant-garde medium. It takes note of his struggles with the old traditions of Scotland that appeared to be keeping the country from entering the modern world, and shows that, in the literary context, the Scots language and the now-immoral poetry tradition of Robert Burns were part of these barriers.

Keywords: Hugh MacDiarmid; Scots language; avant-garde medium; old traditions; poetry tradition; Robert Burns

Chapter.  11971 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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