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Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959Literature, National Identity and Cultural Exchange$
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Margery Palmer McCulloch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634743

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634743.001.0001

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Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid

Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid

(p.169) Chapter 9 Visionaries and Revisionaries: Late Muir and MacDiarmid
Scottish Modernism and its Contexts 1918-1959

Margery Palmer McCulloch

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses Edwin Muir and Hugh MacDiarmid, and observes the contrasting way they each dealt with the changing modern world. It first focuses on Muir, and discusses the importance of liminal positioning in his relationship with modernism, his metaphorical use of Greek myth and his acknowledgement of his belief in something beyond material existence. The chapter then studies MacDiarmid and his late poetry, which is considered as a continuation of the modernist orientation of his early poetry.

Keywords:   Edwin Muir, Hugh MacDiarmid, modern world, liminal positioning, modernism, Greek myth, modernist orientation

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