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Scotland's national poet Edwin Morgan has died at the age of 90. | 20-Aug-10

Sadly, Scotland's national poet Edwin Morgan died on 19 August 2010.  Born in Glasgow on 27 April in 1920, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, Edwin Morgan's work encompasses a wide variety of forms of poetry, from sonnet to concrete poetry. Morgan was also recognised as a literary translator (into Scots and English), having published work that was originally written in Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Russian, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Hungarian.  He was the author of many books, including poetry, criticism, essays, translations, plays and works of concrete poetry.  He was appointed OBE in 1982.  Morgan came out as gay in his 1990 work Nothing Not Giving Messages: Reflections on his Work and Life.  In 1999 was announced as Glasgow's first Poet Laureate and a year later received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.  In 2001 he was awarded the the Weidenfeld Prize for his translation of Phaedra by Jean Racine (Carcanet) into Scots. In 2004 he was named as the first Scottish national poet, The Scots Makar. His last collection of poetry, Dreams and Other Nightmares, published earlier this year, is found at the Poetry Library.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy said: "A great, generous, gentle genius has gone. He was poetry's true son and blessed by her. He is quite simply irreplaceable."

More tributes found on BBC NEWS Scotland: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11029343

An obituary can be read on the Guardian website here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/aug/19/edwin-morgan-obituary

See also:
http://news.stv.tv/scotland/west-central/192731-scotlands-national-poet-edwin-morgan-dies-aged-90/


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