‘Skye and Raasay as Symbol in the Poetry of Sorley MacLean’

Meg Bateman

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Sorley MacLean’s poetry would be painfully abstract if it were not for his use of landscape as symbol. It is the landscape that gives form and sensuousness to his ideas and that lets him communicate them as emotion. He circles between the abstract and the specific. Skye is recognisably itself and a terrible roller-coaster of self-loathing, exhilaration, tenderness and despair. To separate MacLean’s art from the landscape would be to separate form and content.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStorr: Unfolding Landscape
EditorsAngus Farquhar
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherLuath Press
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Eventthe storr – unfolding landscape - NVA - Trotternish, Skye, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Aug 200517 Sept 2005

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Art eventthe storr – unfolding landscape - NVA
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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