The Eemis Stane

By Hugh MacDiarmid 1892–1978 Hugh MacDiarmid
I’ the how-dumb-deid o’ the cauld hairst nicht   
The warl’ like an eemis stane
Wags i’ the lift;
An’ my eerie memories fa’
Like a yowdendrift.

Like a yowdendrift so’s I couldna read   
The words cut oot i’ the stane
Had the fug o’ fame
An’ history’s hazelraw
No’ yirdit thaim.

Hugh MacDiarmid, “The Eemis Stane” from Selected Poetry. Copyright © 1992 by Alan Riach and Michael Grieve. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Complete Poems (Grove/Atlantic Inc., 1993)

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Poet Hugh MacDiarmid 1892–1978

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Time & Brevity, Nature, Living, Stars, Planets, Heavens

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C. M. Grieve, best known under his pseudonym Hugh MacDiarmid, is credited with effecting a Scottish literary revolution which restored an indigenous Scots literature and has been acknowledged as the greatest poet that his country has produced since Robert Burns. As a writer, political theorist, revolutionary, prophet, and multifaceted personality, he was a man to be reckoned with, even by those who did not agree that he was one . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Nature, Living, Stars, Planets, Heavens

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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