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English Literature

Norman MacCaig: Below the Green Corrie

Context

Norman MacCaig (1910-1996) was born in Edinburgh and spent his life either in the city or in the picturesque Scottish highlands.

He studied Classics at Edinburgh University then worked as a primary schoolteacher for several years. He taught at universities from the late sixties onwards.

He was a conscientious objector in World War Two, refusing to fight because he was a committed pacifist.

His first collection of poems, Far Cry, was published in 1943. MacCaig was a prolific writer throughout his life and published many volumes of poetry and became very well known for his public readings.

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