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7.2 The poetry of Sorley MacLean

This course introduces the poetry of Sorley MacLean (1911–1996), one of the most distinguished of all Gaelic poets, whose work has been translated into several foreign languages. Many of his poems are included alongside an interview with the poet himself. In the audio clips Sorley reads some of his poems in Gaelic as well as English and discusses the influence of language in developing such materials.

In addition you may find it helpful to visit a website dedicated to the works of Sorley MacLean [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this free 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.



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