Hugh MacDiarmid

Scotland - Poem by Hugh MacDiarmid

It requires great love of it deeply to read
The configuration of a land,
Gradually grow conscious of fine shadings,
Of great meanings in slight symbols,
Hear at last the great voice that speaks softly,
See the swell and fall upon the flank
Of a statue carved out in a whole country's marble,
Be like Spring, like a hand in a window
Moving New and Old things carefully to and fro,
Moving a fraction of flower here,
Placing an inch of air there,
And without breaking anything.
So I have gathered unto myself
All the loose ends of Scotland,
And by naming them and accepting them,
Loving them and identifying myself with them,
Attempt to express the whole.

Comments about Scotland by Hugh MacDiarmid

  • (11/3/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    It is a poem where the poet's identification is complete with the identification of Scotland, the land of his birth, the land of his nativity, the place of his childhood and rearing and the lore of it the lore of his self and psyche fluttering with the wind. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/30/2016 5:55:00 AM)

    Very enigmatic, but there again, so is Scotland, a proud nation of many contrasts. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/11/2016 4:02:00 PM)

    What a beautiful write about loving parts of a nation or indeed a world and by loving them weave them into our own identity. Definitely could also be said about loving another person, or art, or God. (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2016 1:56:00 PM)

    'All the loose ends of Scotland,
    And by naming them and accepting them,
    Loving them and identifying myself with them,
    Attempt to express the whole.' -wonderful poem reminding me the Fairbairn's theory of self.
    The purity of self is changed during life because of all the experiences people have while being involved in relationships.
    It is so hard to evolve without communication, but the ascetic people can do this. This way, it is revealed the great power of God.
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  • Partha Pratim Goswami (8/11/2016 12:34:00 PM)

    great love shown to a land.I appreciate it (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (8/11/2016 12:29:00 PM)

    This is a delight to read. The easy rhythm and cadence reflects the time one needs to truly feel and experience a land's beauty. And having seen those gorgeous highlands, lochs and bens, I know what he is feeling. (Report) Reply

  • (8/11/2016 11:18:00 AM)

    Great poem with equally great patriotic fervor. Thanks for sharing it here, (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (8/11/2016 8:31:00 AM)

    Without exaggeration, the poet has reflected his love for his native land through a passionate portrayal of its natural beauty. Great patriotic poem. Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/11/2016 6:42:00 AM)

    Great love of a land. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 11, 2014

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