In quotes: Edwin Morgan tributes
- 19 August 2010
- From the section Scotland
The Scots Makar - or national poet - Edwin Morgan has died at the age of 90.
Widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th Century, his poetry spanned more than 60 years and included celebrated works such as The Second Life (1968) and From Glasgow to Saturn (1973).
Here, figures from across Scotland and the UK pay tribute to Mr Morgan's life.
Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland
His passion for observing all aspects of Scottish life shone a spotlight on Scotland for the rest of the world.
I vividly recall the poem he wrote for the opening of the Scottish Parliament, when he wrote 'Don't let your work and hope be other than great'. That epithet must surely apply to Edwin Morgan himself.
Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate
A great, generous, gentle genius has gone. He was poetry's true son and blessed by her. He is quite simply irreplaceable.
Iain Gray, Scottish Labour leader
Edwin Morgan OBE was widely recognised as one of the foremost and best loved poets of the 20th century, the last of a great generation of Scottish poets.
Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival
As well as being one of the greatest British poets of the last 50 years, Morgan was also the last link to a great generation of Scottish writers than included Sorley MacLean, Norman MacCaig and Hugh MacDiarmid.
His work transcended genres, was constantly challenging and inspiring, and encapsulated all that is great about Scottish poetry and writing.
Poet Dr David Kinloch, Co-founder of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition
His work remained constantly innovative, from the renowned science fiction, concrete and instamatic poems studied by school pupils across the country to his recent collaboration with the band Idlewild.