Friday, 20 August 2010

Postcard 74: I.M. - Edwin Morgan

Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness

What lies beneath these ripples on the loch?


I am grateful to Professor David Morley and to the Weaver of Grass for alerting me to the fact that the fine Scottish poet, Edwin Morgan, died on 19 August 2010.

You can read about the poet's life here. He was a remarkable man, with a gift not only for writing but also for teaching and translating. You can read an alliterative tribute from Carol Ann Duffy here.

We all have our favourite poems, some of which seem to fit certain seasons and situations. As I thought about Edwin Morgan, my mind flitted back to happy Scottish holidays - and to Loch Ness, in particular, which I had enjoyed seeing on the television programme, 'Coast', earlier this week.

It is not surprising therefore that I have chosen to link through to Morgan's evocative piece, 'The Loch Ness Monster's Song', which you can hear in the poet's own voice on The Poetry Archive site here. It may not be the poet's 'best' poem (whatever that may mean), but it certainly highlights his dexterity with language and, in my opinion, something of our poetic and indeed human fascination with things that are perhaps 'beyond our ken'.

P.S. I had just completed this post when I noticed that a tribute from Crafty Green Poet aka Juliet Wilson had popped up in my feed. Do take a look here.

6 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a wonderful legacy he has left behind, Caroline.

April Lorier said...

Your post card is breath-taking, Caroline. I'm not familiar with Edwin Morgan, but there are Scots I truly love! I was married to one for 30 years! :-D

Gabriele C. said...

Oh, Urquhart Castle. That evokes memories.

Didn't see Nessie, though, but that could be due to the fact I concentrated on the ruins. ;)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Edwin Morgan was a great poet, so unafraid to experiment - and from that point of view the Loch Ness Monster poem is a great poem!

Mistlethrush said...

Beautiful photos especially the first one. I'm hearing a lot about Scotland at the moment - I can feel it tugging me to visit again.

Rebecca said...

I have just been there on holiday! We all decided that Drumnadrochit should be re-named 'the place of the raspberries', as our walks were frequently held up by raids on wild raspberry patches. We went swimming in the loch one morning, and stormed Urquhart Castle after hours.