A like Hugh Macdairmid’s poetry (e.g. It’s Hugh McDiarmid’s birthday) but ken fine weel he wis a ‘controversial’ feegure. This programme set aff a richt stushie ower on FB.
Neil Young Hard work, hard to ignore.
Stuart Paterson Acoorse, an Grieve scrievit a wheen mair than poetry. But his poetry led the wey in retourin Scots tae the forefront in a sorts o scrievin.
Danny McTavish Dodgy geezer.
Nicola Black He said a lot of stupid things , and really wanted media attention and fame. He would take an opposing view on anything, and often contradicted himself. When I was writing songs from his poetry I had 2 years off as I managed to ‘fall out’ with a long dead man. Even now he divides opinion. He was a communist, flirted with fascism, wanted to fight in the Spanish Civil War, spent time and corresponded with Keir Hardy and Ezra Pound and many other people . His personal life was a mess and he drank like a fish. He elicited strong emotion from folks and still does. He stopped writing in Scots for many years as He saw English as the language of ‘ science and the future’ . A wildly contradictory man.
Stuart Paterson Ma post wis referrin tae Grieve’s scrievin in Scots. He wis yin o wur verra best lyric makars o ony time. Bletherins anent his views an politics are anither maitter forby.
Danny McTavish weel gin hes said tae o shaped a nation and modren leid, his ideas are important tae whit and hou he wrate.
Stuart Paterson No airguin wi yon. But thon ideas disnae shape his lyric warks. Hoo an ever, his yuiss o Scots an promulgation o the leid bi whiteer means maist certainly did help shape the literary nation we’ve become the day. His politics, lik the politics o sae mony back then, were o their time & ne’er held furrit past a few years, save that his contribution tae helpin the cause o nascent Scottish nationalism wis notit.
Nicola Black Weel pit.
Stuart Paterson Tae be honest, much as Ah love Grieve’s lyrics, Ah still condeeser wur ain Willie Neill a better makar in Scots, in mony weys an in a thrie leids.