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Encyclopedia > Sorley Maclean

Sorley MacLean (Scottish Gaelic: Somhairle MacGill-Eain) (b.26 October 1911 - d.24 November 1996 ), was one of the most significant Scottish poets of the 20th century. Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


He was born at Osgaig on the island of Raasay on 26 October 1911, where Scottish Gaelic was the common tongue. Raasay is an island between the Isle of Skye and the mainland of Scotland. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Lingua franca, literally Frankish language in Italian, was originally a mixed language consisting largely of Italian plus a vocabulary drawn from Turkish, Persian, French, Greek and Arabic and used for communication throughout the Middle East. ...


He attended the University of Edinburgh and was an avid shinty player playing for the university team. After earning his degrees, he returned to the Highland and Island community to teach. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Shinty, also known as camanachd or iomain, is a team sport played with sticks and a ball. ...


His early poetry was in English, but after writing his first Gaelic poem, An Corra-Ghridheach ("The Heron"), he decided that it was far better than his English work, and resolved to continue using his native language. By the mid-1930s he was well known as a writer in this tongue. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


He served in North Africa during World War II and was wounded on three occasions, once severely.  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


MacLean turned away from the Presbyterian faith of his community in his early teens. Like many Europeans of that day, he moved in sympathy to the far left. Much of his work touched on specifically political themes and references, and his position was Communist until the mid-1940s, although he was not a philosophical Marxist. He was also a skilled and delicate writer of love poetry. Presbyterianism is a form of Protestant Christianity, primarily in the Reformed branch of Western Christendom, as well as a particular form of church government. ... World map showing Europe Political map (neighbouring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... The term far left refers to the relative position a person or group occupies within the political spectrum. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... Marxism is the political practice and social theory based on the works of Karl Marx, a 19th century philosopher, economist, journalist, and revolutionary, along with Friedrich Engels. ... The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poesis, making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ...


His work in the field of Gaelic poetry at a time when very few writers of substance were working in Scottish Gaelic at all, has led to his being viewed as the father of the Scottish Gaelic renaissance.


His poetry articulated in Gaelic the crimes of the 20th century, and modernised and reinvigorated the language in the process, drawing clear and articulate analogies between such tragedies and acts of cultural genocide as the 19th century Scottish Highland Clearances, and the contemporary viciousness and injustice of events in places such as Biafra and Rwanda. Cultural genocide is a term used to describe the deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of a people or nation for political or military reasons. ... The Highland Clearances (Scottish Gaelic: Fuadaich nan Gàidheal) is a name given to the forced displacement of the population of the Scottish Highlands from their ancient ways of warrior clan subsistence farming, leading to mass emigration. ... National motto: Peace, Unity, Freedom Official language Igbo, English Capital Enugu Largest city Port Harcourt Head of State Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Chief of General Staff (VP) Philip Effiong Area ?- Total ?- % water Population;- Total 13,500,000 (1967) Currency Biafran pound (BIAP) Created May 30, 1967 Dissolved January 15, 1970 National...


He died on 24 November 1996, aged 85 from natural causes, in his beloved Scotland. November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1. ...


Hallaig, a meditative poem on the desolation associated with the Highland Clearances, forms part of the lyrics of Peter Maxwell-Davies' opera The Jacobite Rising. Hallaig is a major poem by Sorley MacLean. ... Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (b. ...


He married Catherine (more often known as Renee) Cameron, the daughter of Inverness builder Kenneth Cameron of "Cameron and Munro". He had three daughters. Inverness (Inbhir Nis in Scottish Gaelic) is the only city in the Highland council area and the Highlands of Scotland. ...


External links

  • [1] Full text of Hallaig in Gaelic, with Sorley MacLean's own translation into English
  • [3] Article summarizing a lecture by Heaney on Hallaig and MacLean's writing.

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Sorley MacLean, who was born on the Island of Raasay in 1911 and died in 1996 on the neighbouring island of Skye, lived two lives as a poet.
In the case of MacLean, a tradition that began with the troubadours, one which involved ardent devotion to the lady and chivalrous engagement with the arts of war, was drastically revised.
Which is to say that MacLean stuck to his guns in all kinds of ways, not least in his determination to let his poetry stand as the pure thing it was in Gaelic and not to attempt anything in his own translations other than a faithful account of the meaning in an almost word-for-word way.
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