BIOGRAPHY – EDWIN MORGAN Wednesday, 6 January 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.
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Born Glasgow in April 1920, Morgan has lived in Glasgow all his life, except for service with the RAMC in the Middle East during the Second World War, and his poetry is grounded in the city. He retired from Glasgow University as titular Professor of English in 1980, serving as Glasgow’s first Poet Laureate 1999-2002.
Endlessly curious, open-minded and humane, Morgan has experimented with the language of machines as well as translating brilliantly from a variety of European languages. He has translated plays into Scots, and written a trilogy on the life of Jesus, AD.
In 2004 Edwin Morgan was appointed ‘Scots Makar’, in effect Scotland’s poet laureate. He was the first to hold this post, created to recognise the achievement of Scottish poets throughout the centuries.