Edwin Muir

(15 May 1887 – 3 January 1959 / Orkney / Scotland)

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Edwin Muir was an Orcadian poet, novelist and noted translator. Remembered for his deeply felt and vivid poetry in plain, unostentatious language with few stylistic preoccupations, Muir is a significant modern poet.

Biography

Muir was born in Deerness, where his mother was also born, at Hacco, remembered in his autobiography as "Haco". In 1901, when he was 14, his father lost his farm, and the family moved to Glasgow. In quick succession his father, two brothers, and his mother died within the space of a few years. His life as a young man was a depressing experience, and involved a raft of unpleasant jobs in factories and offices, including working in a ... more »

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  • edwin muir (2/15/2020 9:03:00 AM)

    no warfar can tackle human greed

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  • Klaus H Reichstein, Dipl-Übers f Engl u Russ (6/26/2018 4:45:00 AM)

    Mein Hauptinteresse an diesen Gedicht Muirs gilt v a dem hierin ggf erkennbaren Einfluss der Trilogie des Wiener Autoren mosaischer Provenienz Broch DIE SCHLAFWANDLER und deren Thema vom Zerfall der Werte, wie in den Einschüben erkennbar

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  • Klaus H Reichstein, Dipl-Übers f Engl u Russ (6/26/2018 4:11:00 AM)

    I am particularly still interested in exactly that poem especially since I do consider its title already to mirror the age Muir used to live in - with anything changing especially in First World War´s aftermath and ere World War II´s outbreak just like aftermath

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  • Penis Willy (9/10/2013 4:42:00 AM)

    it would help if you had eyes

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  • J Deakin (10/4/2009 6:17:00 AM)

    I cannot make a comment about Edwin Muir if I cannot read his poem! !

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  • J Deakin (10/4/2009 6:15:00 AM)

    I cannot make a comment about Edwin Muir if I cannot read his poem! !

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Best Poem of Edwin Muir

The Castle

All through that summer at ease we lay,
And daily from the turret wall
We watched the mowers in the hay
And the enemy half a mile away
They seemed no threat to us at all.

For what, we thought, had we to fear
With our arms and provender, load on load,
Our towering battlements, tier on tier,
And friendly allies drawing near
On every leafy summer road.

Our gates were strong, our walls were thick,
So smooth and high, no man could win
A foothold there, no clever trick
Could take us, have us dead or quick.
Only a bird could have got in. ...

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