By Hugh MacDiarmid
This feature explores the variety of Hugh MacDiarmid's paintings, from smooth lyrics derived from the Scots ballad culture to fierce polemic. "A under the influence of alcohol guy seems to be on the Thistle" and "On a Raised Beach--"with an entire word list of its technical terms--are integrated, as are glossed Scots phrases on the foot of every web page and an illuminating memoir by means of MacDiarmid's son.
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Letter to A. N. Maikov, Geneva, September IS, 1867. H I S C O R R E S PONDENCE because I am the first to be dissatisfied with my own efforts. You can j ust picture the times when I cross-examine myself, to find that I have literally not expressed the twentieth part of what was in my mind, and could, perhaps, have been expressed! My salvation lies in the sure hope that one day God may grant me such strength and inspiration that I shall find perfect self-expression and be able to make plain all that I carry in my heart and imagination .
64-5. Letter to N. N . Strakhov, Dresden, February z6, 1 810. DO S T O E V S K Y soul-destroying. I want each of my works to be good in itself"1 • • • we can, without cavilling, admit that he did not break his vow. But he cherished throughout his life the belief that with more time and freedom he could have given better expres sion to his thought. " Self-delusion, maybe? Who can tell? With greater leisure, to what could he have attained? Mter what was he still striving? Greater simplicity, no doubt, and a more complete sub ordination of detail.
H I S CORRESPONDENCE Brothers Karamazov, not written till nine years later) has been tormenting me now for more than three years; but I have not made a start with it, because I should like to write it in my own good time, like Tolstoy, Turgeniev, and Gontcharov. "1 But it is in vain that he repeats, "I don't understand hurriedly done work, written for money ": this money question invariably obtrudes itself, together with the fear of not being ready in time. "I dread not being ready in time, being late.