Reader, R.B. Wharrie
Tonight's programme of Scottish poetry deals with writers of our own time. It is obviously impossible within the limited scope of this series to give a comprehensive survey of the field of modern Scottish poets, and there is room only for selections from those poets who are acknowledged to be the most distinguished of our time. The late Neil Munro, perhaps better known as a novelist, wrote a number of poems distinguished by their marked individuality. Many of them are light singing pieces, but he sometimes struck a deeper note, as in the 'Lament for MacLeod of Raasay'. Violet Jacob occupies a high place among living writers of Scottish vernacular verses. 'Tam o' the Kirk' and 'Wild Geese' will be read. Charles Murray, who has complete mastery of the dialect of the North-cast, has captured the spirit of the countryside more successfully than any poet of that region. His 'Whistle' is perhaps the most popular dialect poem among the younger generation. Tonight 'The Tinker' will be read.
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