Robert Garioch

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Robert Garioch (birth name: Robert Garioch Sutherland ; born May 9, 1909 in Edinburgh ; † April 26, 1981 ) was a Scottish poet who was awarded the Cholmondeley Award in 1981 .


After attending the Royal High School, Garioch studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a teacher in England and Scotland after completing his studies . His literary debut , he gave in 1933 to the surrealist , in verses written play The Masque of Edinburgh , which was published in expanded form 1954th His first publications, such as Seventeen Poems for Sixpence (1940) and Chuckies on the Cairn (1949), written in collaboration with Sorley Maclean , were hand-printed. During the Second World War he did his military service in the British Army and was temporarily in German POW camps .

His later works included Selected Poems (1966), The Big Music (1971) and Collected Poems (1977). In his poems, Garioch, who was awarded the Cholmondeley Award in 1981, used the Scottish language of Scots from colloquial language to sublime literary style and expression of emotions. His poetic style was particularly influenced by Robert Fergusson and is particularly evident in the sonnet he wrote about Fergusson's grave and the poem The Muir dedicated to him .

1975 appeared autobiographical embossed novel Two Man and a blanket in which he described his experiences during the captivity. In addition, Garioch also worked as a translator and translated various works by Pindar , Hesiod as well as the pieces Jephtes and Baptistes written in Latin by George Buchanan into Scottish, but also Anglo-Saxon elegies and Italian poems from the 19th century.


  • Made in Scotland , 1974
  • Collected poems of Robert Garioch , 1977
  • Collected Poems , 1980

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