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The poetry of Sorley MacLean

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Sorley Maclean (19111996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley MacLean, will introduce you to his poetry and give you an insight into the cultural, historical and political contexts that inform his work. MacLean wrote in Gaelic and the importance of the language to his work is also examined.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the power of Maclean's poetry in its original Gaelic
  • give examples of how such poetry engages with historical and cultural change.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 10 hours
  • Updated Friday 5th February 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Literature
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The poetry of Sorley MacLean


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Sorley Maclean (1911–1998) is now regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. However, until the 1970s, his verse was known by very few people. In that decade, publication of English translations of his work and the impact of his public readings established him in the eyes of poetry lovers in Scotland, Ireland and England, as well as further afield, as a major poet.

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