You are in:  Home - Poetry - Sorley MacLean: Collected Poems
Sorley MacLean: Collected Poems – White Leaping Flame

Gaelic, Poetry
Publication Date
26 October 2011
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
In Stock
Birlinn Limited

Sorley MacLean: Collected Poems – White Leaping Flame

by Sorley MacLean - Find out more about the author

Caoir Gheal Leumraich/White Leaping Flame

Edited by Christopher Whyte and Emma Dymock -- Find out more about the Editors

'It is often late, by chance, and with sudden delight, that we find those poets who later become vital to us … I knew Sorley MacLean by reputation before I felt his authority … what was unlooked for has grown indispensable' – Seamus Heaney

'The poetry event of the year' – Herald

'A landmark in Scottish literature and ought to be on the shelves of every serious reader' – Alan Taylor, Scottish Review of Books

'A really good buy for lovers of poetry, of Gaelic, and for those of us who still miss Maclean’s insight into the world around us' – Argyll FM

'One of the very greatest of the Gaelic poets . . . and one of the great love poets of the world’ – Iain Crichton Smith

'Magisterial… a fitting tribute to his hundredth year' – Scotsman

'Sorley Maclean deserved such a book that would display all of his poetry. Dymock, Whyte and Polygon deserve our thanks for bringing to fruition' – Cothrom Winter

This definitive edition brings together everything published during the poet's life time and the love sequence in its fullest form, along with extracts from the 1939 manuscript of An Cuilithionn and a generous selection of unpublished poems.

This Collected Poems of Sorley MacLean brings together published poetry from MacLean’s own edited volumes of poetry, poetry previously published in various magazines, literary journals and anthologies, and poetry which has never been published before. The poems will be given in their original Gaelic with English translations. The volume opens with a biographical summary of MacLean’s childhood on Raasay, his life at university and war experiences, and examines MacLean’s effect on Gaelic and Scottish literature, and his literary, political and philosophical influences, which included Gaelic traditional song, Romanticism and Modernism, as well as Communism and Fascism. 

Christopher Whyte is a poet, novelist, translator and critic. Born in Glasgow in 1952 he lived in Italy between graduating from Cambridge in 1973 and returning home to Scotland in 1985. He was Reader in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University from 1990 until 2005. He lives in Budapest where he is a full-time writer.

Emma Dymock works in the Department of Celtic and Scottish Studies Department at the University of Edinburgh.