World Poetry Day: Marion Angus (1865-1946)

Kyle Brady
Thursday 21 March 2019

To mark World Poetry Day we’re highlighting a PhD thesis in the University’s Research Repository.   The thesis, by Aimée Y Chalmers, delves into the life and works of the Scottish novelist and poet Marion Angus (1865-1946).

Aimée introduces the first part of the thesis as a “fuller biographical account of the life of Marion Angus than is available elsewhere. In addition, in ‘The Work of Marion Angus’, I anthologise examples of her prose and poetry, and gather together a range of contemporary opinions. My research in this regard resulted in the tracing, for the first time, how her use of the Scots language developed, and how her attitude to it changed over time.” Aimée Y Chalmers. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1846. CCBY.

Aimée further remarks that:

“[t]here is something ephemeral about her poetry. A passionate lover of nature, she paints strong images of natural phenomena: hills, tumbling burns, twisted trees, flowers.
Yet these images fade quickly, leaving only a mood”

Aimée Y Chalmers. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1846. CCBY

Above is a Venn diagram Aimée includes to explain interweaving threads in her own novel’s narrative; a fictional biography of Marion Angus’s life. The full thesis, including extracts from Aimée’s own novel ‘Blackthorn’, is available from the Repository here: http://hdl.handle.net/10023/1846.

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