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Scottish Religious Poetry

From the sixth century to the present

Scottish Religious Poetry

From the sixth century to the present

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Publisher: Saint Andrew Press
ISBN: 9781800830479
Number of Pages: 320
Published: 19/06/2024
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

A comprehensive selection of religious poetry that Scotland has produced over the centuries, including some Gaelic voices and reflecting the mixed religious profile of Scotland today. An earlier edition published in 2000 was a huge success, selling out very quickly. This eagerly awaited follow-up offers the very best from a diverse, often turbulent history and reveals an attractive and distinctive spirituality that is unique to Scotland The poetry spans 15 centuries and includes poets from every corner of Scotland. It reflects the rich range of language across regions and centuries and is a unique collection of the deepest religious thought of a nation. Selected and introduced by three experts in the field, this offers an attractive and informed volume that will appeal to all lovers of Scottish literature.

Linden Bicket, Emma Dymock, Alison Jack

LINDEN BICKET is Lecturer in Literature and Religion at the University of Edinburgh.  EMMA DYMOCK teaches classes in Celtic and Scottish studies at the University of Edinburgh and her specialist area of interest is modern Gaelic poetry.   ALISON JACK is Professor of Bible and Literature at the University of Edinburgh, a Church of Scotland minister and Creative Director of the New College Festival of Books and Belief

"The three editors of this new book have carried out their work of selection beautifully. Though not a Gaelic speaker myself I appreciate the presence of Gaelic poetry (with translations). For these poems catch the spirit of the anthology perfectly, as, in the words of the Introduction, ‘Gaelic religious poetry has often been a reflection of the changing social, cultural and political position of the language.’ In that process of change we find a Scotland that is at once timeless and yet forever restlessly shifting its identity, and in a manner that has the matter of religion at its very heart. These poems are a reflection of that deep subconsciousness that lies under the surface of Scottish culture and landscape - a ‘thin place’ where divinity and the everyday meet in gestures of infinite complexity. This is a book to be treasured - and taken very seriously indeed." -- David Jasper * University of Glasgow *

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