Scottish poet Edwin Morgan dies at age 90
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Scottish has died at the age of 90. The cause of death was announced as . Morgan's writing career spanned for more than 60 years. He was Scotland's first national poet, known as the " ". His death was confirmed by his publisher.
Born inin 1920, Morgan grew up in . He later returned to his birth town where he studied at in 1937.
Morgan published his first book, The Vision of Cathkin Braes, in 1952. He later began to write experimental poetry. In the early 1960s, Morgan published The Second Life, a book that would boost his career. From Glasgow to Saturn, a collection about space exploration, was published shortly after The Second Life. Both of these books would later be taught in Scottish schools. Later in his career, Morgan received several awards for his work. In 1999, he became Glasgow's first, and he was awarded the for Poetry a year later. In 2001, he was awarded the .
By the time Morgan was named the "Scots Makar" in 2004, he had been diagnosed withand was living in a nursing home. Despite the illness Morgan continued to write, even writing about the disease.
Scotland's First Ministerpaid tribute to Morgan saying that he was "a truly a great man, an exceptional poet, and an inspiration". He added that "Much-loved in Scotland and indeed around the world, his work tackled all manner of global issues and major historical events closer to home. His passion for observing all aspects of Scottish life shone a spotlight on Scotland for the rest of the world".
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