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Edwin Morgan
Professor Edwin Morgan OBE (born April 27, 1920) is a Scottish poet and translator who is associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th century. In 1999, Morgan was made the first Glasgow Poet Laureate. In 2004, he was named as the first Scottish national poet: The Scots Makar. Morgan was born in Glasgow and grew up in Rutherglen. He entered the University of Glasgow in 1937 and, after interrupting his studies to serve in World War II, graduated in 1947 and became a lecturer at the University. He worked there until his retirement in 1980. He came out as a gay man in Nothing Not Giving Messages: Reflections on his Work and Life (edited by Hamish Whyte), Polygon, 1990. He had written many famous love poems, like "Strawberries" and "The Unspoken", in which the love object was not gendered; this was partly because of legal problems at the time but also out of a desire to universalise them.

the unspoken
When the troopship was pitching round the Cape
in '41, and there was a lull in the night uproar... [read poem]
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