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date: 23 January 2022

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While critical opinion has often underlined the role of Scottish poets in articulating democratic pressure for ‘home rule’, scholars and poets have also pointed to a tendency for poetry in the post-devolutionary era to reach beyond local and national horizons. Such poetry explores relations with other languages and poetries, linking localized ‘micro-cosmopolitan’ and ecological issues with similar concerns and viewpoints in the wider world. This essay will investigate relational developments in the poetry of several of Scotland’s languages, basing its findings on readings of select poems by Robert Crawford, Christopher Whyte, Christine De Luca, Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie, John Burnside, Jen Hadfield, David Kinloch, Rody Gorman, and Carol Ann Duffy. In passing, it will show how Scottish poetry has engaged with topics that are analogous and conducive to its dialogical perspective—such as metaphor, translation, borders, and thresholds.

Keywords: Scottish, poetry, languages, micro-cosmopolitanism, ecology, dialogue, translation

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