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Nowadays poetry and other literature, use all kinds of language and there is no longer any specific literary language. MacDiarmid did not confine himself to Scots and certainly, on the occasions when I was in his presence, didn't speak it. But in those poems in which he used it, he certainly used it to tremendous effect.

Told Telt: A Collection Of Poems And Lyrics

His early lyrics shine as brightly now as when they were first published in Sangschaw and Penny Wheep An see the deid come lowpin owre The auld grey waas. Muckle men wi tousled beards I grat at as a bairn 'll scramble frae the crrodit clay Wi feck o swearin. An glower at God an aa his gang 0 angels i the lift -Thae trashy bleezin French-like folk Wha gar'd them shift.

Fain the women folk'll seek To mak them haud their row - Fegs, God's no blate gin he stir up The men o Crowdieknowe! MacDiarmid's most famous poem is The Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, which as well as being a highly comic satire, is also, as described by Professor Tom Crawford "a verse anatomy of the condition of Scotland.

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MacDiarmid was a master of invective and polemic and in the Middle Ages would have been a bonnie flyter. Amongst other things in The Drunk Man, he hits up the Burns Supper cult among people who know little of Burns's poetry, don't speak his language, but are just looking for the chance of a good feed and a booze-up in the guise of "culture":- No wan in fifty kens a wurd Burns wrote But misapplied's aabody's property And gin there was his like alive the day They'd be the last a kennin haun tae gie. Aa they've tae say was aften said afore A lad was born in Kyle to blaw aboot.

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What unco fate mak's him the dumpin grun For aa the sloppy rubbish they jaw oot? William Soutar, born in Perth in , was a very different man, with a very different life story. Because his poetry was, for the most part, short, he has I think been under-rated until now. But few 20th century Scots poets have used the Scots language with more art and skill.

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He didn't need to trawl the dictionary for Scots words : he grew up hearing them all round him. He was the son of a craftsman joiner, went to Perth Academy and Edinburgh University and would have become an English teacher, if he hadn't become an invalid due to a form of spondylitis that is probably now curable. In those days, invalids were confined to bedrooms, so he lay for thirteen years and wrote poetry, visited by other Scots writers, including MacDiarmid, with whom he had many a passionate argument about politics and art.

The two men were friends but they didn't agree about some things. Soutar, like other poets of the renaissance, wanted to give new life to the mather tongue and he saw no better way of doing this than through our children, so he wrote a lot of poems specially for them. Or lang he to his ain door Doun by a condie-hole; And thocht as he was stappin owre "Vermin are ill tae thole! One of his most beautiful poems The Tryst - which many people have set tunes to - to me has the same magic quality found in these ancient songs.

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