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The premature death of Sydney Goodsir Smith at the age of fifty-nine, while this volume of his Collected Poems was in production, deprived the world of one of the major personalities in twentieth-century British literature.
The poems included in this volume, mostly written in Scots dialect – from ‘Skail Wind’, first published in 1941, to the moving poems of his maturity and the gentle, philosophical poems of his later years – show us the journey of a man who understood the world only too well.
The fact that Smith’s work – so admired by MacDiarmid, MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith, Kurt Wittig, David Murison and other poets and scholars – has fallen comprehensively from view … is a matter of dismay
Sydney Goodsir Smith
Sydney Goodsir Smith (1915–75), a principal figure of the Scottish Renaissance, is – together with Hugh MacDiarmid – one of the founders of Scottish modern poetry.