'I may claim thee for my ain': the Scottish voice in First World War poetry

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This chapter considers the extent to which there was a distinctive Scottish voice in the poetry of the First World War. Starting from the assertion of a generic British popular culture before the war, it examines the ways in which Scottish poets negotiated that culture: often working within its conventions and constraints, but in some cases, particularly those of Joseph Lee and Roderick Watson Kerr, deploying irony and dialect to construct a poetry distanced from English poetry and helping lay the ground for what would become the Scottish Renaissance
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInspiring Views from "a' the airts" on Scottish Literatures, Art & Cinema
Subtitle of host publicationthe First World Congress of Scottish Literatures in Glasgow, 2014
EditorsKlaus Peter Müller, Ilka Schwittlinsky, Ron Walker
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2017
EventWorld Congress of Scottish Literatures - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20145 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameScottish Studies International


ConferenceWorld Congress of Scottish Literatures
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • poetry
  • First World War
  • Scottish
  • Scottish Renaissance
  • British identity

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