The Lost Leader (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Lost Leader Features poems about friends and family - childhood reminiscences, elegies and celebrations - influenced by sporting and military fantasy, the charm of history and the power of anachronism.
- Published: 01 May 2008
- Format: Paperback 144 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780571243075 ISBN 10: 057124307X
- Sales rank: 163,476
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Full description for The Lost Leader
'No poet in Scotland now can take as his inspiration the folk impulse that created the ballads, the people's songs, the legends of Mary Stuart and Prince Charlie,' proposed Edwin Muir. Yet many of the poems in Mick Imlah's new collection do take the most over-worn of Scottish myths as their apparent starting points, spanning the Wallace and the Bruce; the Bonnie Prince (pivotal "Lost Leader" of the title), Robert Burns and Walter Scott; whisky, Clydeside and football. Imlah's approach to this folklore is brilliantly fresh, a modern, sardonic but strongly-felt rendering of Scotland: from AD 500, by way of a guided tour of Iona, to yesterday at a Dumfries bus depot. And, as the chronicle reaches the twentieth century, the poems turn to friends and family - childhood reminiscences, elegies and celebrations - influenced still by sporting and military fantasy, the charm of history and the power of anachronism.