Though it is widely regarded as his greatest achievement, Sorley MacLean’s cycle of
love lyrics Dàin do Eimhir (Poems to Eimhir) was only published in
part during his life time. Drawing on manuscript and published sources, this edition
brings together all but one of the poems, including six which have never before
appeared in print. With facing English translations throughout, an authoritative
introduction and an extensive commentary on each poem, detailing cultural,
historical and political references, it makes a major masterpiece of Gaelic poetry
in the 20th century fully available to the general public for the first time.
Christopher Whyte is himself a Gaelic poet, the author of four novels in English,
and is currently Reader in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow
Cover illustration: “The Small Isles”, Denis Peploe RSA (1914-1993). Illustration
courtesy of artist’s family.
Cover design by Mark Blackadder
Last updated 9 August 2010.