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Annual Volume 36 (2006)

VOICES FROM THEIR AIN COUNTRIE

The Poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob

Edited by Katherine Gordon

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Glasgow, August 2006.
Price: £9.95.
ISBN 978-0-948877-77-6

Hardback edition: £25.00
ISBN 978-0-948877-75-9



2006 marked the 60th anniversary of the deaths of two significant 20th-century Scottish poets: Marion Angus and Violet Jacob. Both women came from the North-East of Scotland, and both produced poetry richly coloured by the voices and music of the region – although they also drew on influences from across Europe and beyond.
     This new edited collection makes available an extensive selection of their poetry from across the span of their careers. Organised chronologically in the order of their publication, it allows readers to follow the development of each poet’s writing through time, and gain an understanding of the breadth of their bodies of work.
     Passionate and radical, lyrical and rich in human experience, the poems of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob will delight and captivate. More than 200 poems are included in this comprehensive anthology, along with an overview of each poet’s life, a short synopsis of major themes in their poetry, and notes on individual poems, providing an invaluable critical background for a full appreciation of their work.

Katherine Gordon received her PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow in 2000. She has written widely on the poetry of Marion Angus and Violet Jacob and is currently Assistant Professor of English at St Louis Community College, Missouri.

Read Katherine Gordon’s article on the poetry of Angus and Jacob, ‘Writing the Spirit of Place’.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
Introduction

THE POEMS OF MARION ANGUS
From The Lilt and Other Verses (1922)
By Candle Light
The Drove Road
Remembrance Day
The Fox’s Skin
The Bridge
Treasure Trove
The Turn of the Day
Moonlight
The Lilt
Loneliness
All Souls’ Eve
The Graceless Loon

From The Tinker’s Road and Other Verses (1924)
The Tinker’s Road
The Seaward Toon
Mary’s Song
In Ardelot
George Gordon, Lord Byron
In a Mirror
Annie Honey
Patrick
Penchrise
At Candlemas
Most Sad is Sleep
The Fiddler
The Lane Kirkyaird
Alas! Poor Queen
Think Lang
The Ghost

From Sun and Candlelight (1927)
Courtin’
The Wife
Waater o’ Dye
Singin’ Waater
World’s Love
The Sang
The Prood Lass
Barbara
Wee Jock Todd
Jealousy
The Blue Boat
The Wild Lass
‘In the Streets Thereof’
Memory
The Tree
The Silver City
The Mourners
Withy Wands
Cowslips Soon Will Dance
The Captive
Heritage
Change
Winter
Trees
Cotton Grasses

From The Singin’ Lass (1929)
The Wee Sma’ Glen
The Ghaist
Heart-Free
Winter-Time
Hogmanay
Ann Gilchrist
Welcome
The Eerie Hoose
The Can’el
Invitation
This Woman
Jean Cam’bell
The Singin’ Lass
Moonlight Meeting
Winds of the World
A Traveller
Huntlie Hill
Arrival
Evening Walk
Among Thorns
Cambus Woods
Of Sorrowful Things
Dawn and Twilight
Anemones

From The Turn of the Day (1931)
Spring
A Breton Woman Sings
A Small Thing
The Broken Brig
The Lissome Leddy
The Doors of Sleep
The Stranger
Joan the Maid
Lost Things
Curios
The Blue Jacket

From Lost Country and Other Verses (1937)
Lost Country
Chance Acquaintance
When At Familiar Doors
Two is Company
Corrichie
Naomi
The Burden
The Widow
Desires of Youth
Gathering Shells
The Plaid
A Woman Sings
The Green Yaird
The Musician
In a Little Old Town
News
Nicht o’ Nichts
The Spae-Wife
New Year’s Morning
Martha’s House
Foxgloves and Snow
Memory’s Trick
Once Long Ago
The Faithful Heart
Links o’ Lunan
At Parting
November in Edinburgh
On a Birthday

Uncollected Poems
Unseen
Wizardry
The Kiss

Uncertain Provenance
The Dove
After the Storm

THE POEMS OF VIOLET JACOB From Verses (1905)
Half-Way
The Shadow
An Immortelle
Beyond the Walls
‘Come On, Come Up, Ye Rovers’
Airlie Kirk
In Lower Egypt
The Call
The Valley of the Kings
The Lowland Ploughman from Poems of India:
II: Night in the Plains
III: The Resting-Place
IV: Evening in the Opium Fields
V: ’God is Great’
VII: Cherry-Blossom at Dagshai
XI: The Distant Temple

From Songs of Angus (1915)
Tam i’ the Kirk
The Howe o’ the Mearns
The Lang Road
The Beadle o’ Drumlee
The Water-Hen
The Heid Horseman
The Gean-Trees
The Tod
The Blind Shepherd
The Doo’cot Up the Braes
Logie Kirk
The Philosophy of the Ditch
The Lost Licht
The Lad i’ the Mune
The Gowk
The Jacobite Lass
Maggie
The Whustlin’ Lad
Craigo Woods
The Wild Geese

From More Songs of Angus and Others (1918)
To A. H. J.
Jock, to the First Army
The Field by the Lirk o’ the Hill
Montrose
The Road to Marykirk
The Brig
The Kirk Beside the Sands
Glory
The Shepherd to His Love
A Change o’ Deils
The Last o’ the Tinkler
Fringford Brook
Prison
Presage
The Bird in the Valley
Back to the Land
The Scarlet Lilies
Frostbound
‘The Happy Warrior’

From Bonnie Joann and Other Poems (1921)
Bonnie Joann
The Wind Frae the Baltic
The Tramp to the Tattie-Dulie
Hallowe’en
The Daft Bird
‘Kirrie’
The End O’t
The Kelpie
Baltic Street
Bailie Bruce
Charlewayn
The Gangerel
The Tinkler’s Baloo
The Banks o’ the Esk
Inverquharity
Faur-Ye-Weel
The Shadows
A Winter Phantasy

From Two New Poems (1924)
Rohallion

From The Northern Lights and Other Poems (1927)
The Northern Lichts
The Neep-Fields By the Sea
The Rowan
The Licht Nichts
The Jaud
The Deil
Steenhive
The Guidwife Speaks
The Last Ane
Donald Maclane
The Cross-Roads
Geordie’s Lament
The Helpmate

From The Scottish Poems of Violet Jacob (1944)
The Warld
The Poor Suitor
The Neebour
The Poacher to Orion
The Baltic
Cairneyside

Uncollected Poems
The Barley
Bindweed

Notes for Individual Poems
Glossary
Bibliography

Cover illustration: ‘Beehives, Sunset’. Joan Eardley RSA (1921–1963).
By kind permission of Patricia Black. Illustration courtesy of Cordelia Oliver.
Cover design: Mark Blackadder.

Last updated 9 August 2010.