(2) Whilst Riach concentrates on Burnsian themes and anathemas in MacDiarmid's Penny Wheep and A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926), Crawford reveals the importance of Grieves early involvement in the Burns Federation--the umbrella institution created in 1885 to gather most Burns clubs in Scotland and Empire--on his subsequent development as a Scots poet.
MacDiarmid's second book of Scots poetry, Penny Wheep, was published one month after the May 1926 General Strike.
Sangschaw and Penny Wheep
, had attracted attention by their startling
South of the border, the parrots of the same species substitute wheep
. And near the Nicaraguan border lies a third zone, where parrots call wuleep.
Plenty of time to appreciate the slap of the tide and the wheep
of the gulls.
In the distance they heard a bird call wheep
, which was answered by a chorus of wheep
In 1922 he founded the monthly Scottish Chapbook, in which he advocated a Scottish literary revival and published the lyrics of "Hugh MacDiarmid," later collected as Sangschaw (1925) and Penny Wheep
The Robert and Mary Hogg bequest to the National Library of New Zealand contains over 1000 volumes, including first edition copies of A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, Penny Wheep
, Sangschaw and The Lucky Bag.
A child must distinguish between non-speech sounds like "whoop," which quickly goes down in frequency, and "wheep
," which goes up.
She learns American history through these objects, like the eagle bone whistle, whose sound, she imagines, conveys the spirit of this past culture: 'The shrill wheep
I of spirit flows through the bone.'(1) - As with Scottish history, the past involves the subordination and eradication of other cultures through a process sometimes difficult to confront.
(He brilliantly illuminates the Expressionist character of the lyrics of Sangschaiv and Penny Wheep
.) Curiously, the most theory-thirsty and modernism-hungry contribution to the Companion--replete with 1980s cod brackets in its title--finds itself rubbing up more vigorously against the unmodernist mammoth in the poet's kitchen than any of the other essays.
The flashbacks revolve around the brutal killing of Dessie Gillespie, to which Taco confesses towards the close: I still hear the wheeps
of curlews, the buzz of bluebottles or clegs and then a minute's silence, more or less, before I shot him through his dicky heart.