6 Poets Who Shaped 20th Century Scotland

Classic poetry picks from Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail

What links the batch of volumes of collected poems I’ve selected is that they all, while wonderfully diverse, were also much concerned with the state of Scotland in the 20th Century. That such a small country could produce, as relative contemporaries, so many poets of undoubted international stature (and there were others) is quite astonishing. There is also the fact that their work doesn’t date: spanning the best part of a century, it remains very much alive.--Aonghas MacNeacail

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Aonghas MacNeacail

Aonghas MacNeacail is a poet and songwriter from the Isle of Skye. His collections of poetry have been published in both English and Gaelic, and he regularly appears at literary festivals all over the world.