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My life's purpose is to write poetry — but behind the poetry must be the vision of a fresh revelation for men.
Accept the shout or silence of your peers
As if a fabled legacy or loss;
Their praiseand blame are but the winds which toss
Your seed into the winter of the years.
Not a single other creature in all the history of the world has been just as ourselves. Not another will be like us.
What is this poetry? A mortal mind
Made visible; a caged bird?
Nay more: it is a spiritleft behind
Nailed by the piercing word.
A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen.
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For many decades now - and certainly during my adult life in academe - the Western intellectual world has not been convinced that theology is a pursuit that can be engaged in with intellectual honesty and integrity.
April 28, 1898
October 15, 1943
William Soutar was a Scottish poet and diarist, who wrote in both English and Braid Scots, and is known best for his epigrams.
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The Diary of a Dying Man
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Poems in Scots and English
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