Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid

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:
Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid

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This chapter discusses Edwin Muir and Hugh MacDiarmid, and observes the contrasting way they each dealt with the changing modern world. It first focuses on Muir, and discusses the importance of liminal positioning in his relationship with modernism, his metaphorical use of Greek myth and his acknowledgement of his belief in something beyond material existence. The chapter then studies MacDiarmid and his late poetry, which is considered as a continuation of the modernist orientation of his early poetry.

Keywords: Edwin Muir; Hugh MacDiarmid; modern world; liminal positioning; modernism; Greek myth; modernist orientation

Chapter.  14747 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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