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Edwin Muir

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

Edwin Muir
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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 factory... more »

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  • ''Long time he lay upon the sunny hill,
    To his father's house below securely bound.''
    Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Scottish poet. Childhood (l. 1-2). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 198...
  • ''Those lumbering horses in the steady plough,
    On the bare field—I wonder why, just now,
    They seemed terrible, so wild and strange,
    Like magic power on the stony grange.''
    Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Scottish poet. Horses (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollan...
  • ''But famished field and blackened tree
    Bear flowers in Eden never known.
    Blossoms of grief and charity
    Bloom in these darkened fields alone.''
    Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Scottish poet. One Foot in Eden (l. 20-23). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972...
  • ''The world's great day is growing late,
    Yet strange these fields that we have planted
    So long with crops of love and hate.''
    Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Scottish poet. One Foot in Eden (l. 3-5). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) ...
  • ''They do not live in the world,
    Are not in time and space.
    From birth to death hurled
    No word do they have, not one
    To plant a foot upon,
    Were never in any place.''
    Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Scottish poet. The Animals (l. 1-6). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1...
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  • Penis Willy (9/10/2013 4:42:00 AM)

    it would help if you had eyes

  • J Deakin (10/4/2009 6:17:00 AM)

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

  • 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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