'Huntress, slayer, white unmortal queyne': women in the work of Sydney Goodsir Smith

Monika Szuba


The chapter explores the diverse poetic vision and the representations of femininity in Sydney Goodsir Smith’s poetry. The discussion focuses on the ways in which Smith romanticises and idealises female figures, drawing from the hoard of myth and legend, which includes the Moon goddess, the witch, Eurydice, Dido, and the Queen of the Fairies, appearing recurrently in his poetry. It attempts to examine the central position given to the Muse who acts as the moving force behind the poetic and argues that by placing the feminine Thou at the forefront of his poetry, Smith stresses the totality of the female other. Finally, the chapter aims to demonstrate how, by employing traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the song, the ballad, the elegy and writing in Scots, Smith revisits, revises and challenges lyrical conventions.
Author Monika Szuba (FL/IEAS)
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- Institute of English and American Studies
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Book McCaffery Richie (eds.): Sydney Goodsir Smith, poet: essays on his life and work, Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature, no. 30, 2020, Brill, ISBN 978-90-04-42510-1, [978-90-04-42649-8], 310 p., DOI:10.1163/9789004426498
Keywords in Englishclassicism, femininity, feminism, gender, myth, Scots, Scottish poetry
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)75
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ScoreMinisterial score = 75.0, 05-05-2020, MonographChapterAuthor
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