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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

The Poetry of

Roderick Watson

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1989
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-07-0

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Norman MacCaig’s poetry is clear and lucid and filled with the shifting light of Edinburgh and Assynt. MacCaig stands in the first rank of twentieth-century poets: Seamus Heaney said of him, “He means poetry to me”.

Roderick Watson’s Scotnote will enhance any student’s enjoyment of MacCaig’s poetry, as well as providing a deeper understanding of the poet’s craft.


  • The Poet: ‘Making something that was never in the world before’
  • The Poems: ‘Remarkable Cargoes’
  • Poetry: ‘You, Decorator and Disturber’
  • Notes
  • Appendix I: Practical Criticism
  • Appendix II: Poems Discussed
  • Select Bibliography


Also available: ASLS audio CDs

19 Poems of Norman MacCaig
A Commentary

Readings by Norman MacCaig, with commentary by Edwin Morgan
These recordings of Norman MacCaig reading his poems, with introductions and commentary by Edwin Morgan, cover the major themes of his poetic career, from the tightly structured earlier poems to the free verse of his later books.

CD: £9.95

Last updated 19 October 2010.