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Fortuna (Paperback)

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Poetry runs through the generations of the ancient Douglas line. There was Gavin Douglas, a sixteenth-century bishop and one of Scotland's most famous Renaissance characters and poets, and William Douglas, who wrote the words for the song "Annie Lawrie". Gawain's father was a famous amateur reciter of Shakespeare's sonnets, and his great uncle, Lord Alfred Douglas, was recognized by Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw as one of England's outstanding poets. Gawain has continued this family tradition, in the belief that it is a priceless heritage which it would be very easy to lose. This collection, "Fortuna", is a distillation of his poetry from the last thirty-six years, from the earliest poems, written on Osea Island, Essex, aged twenty-two, up to the present time. Candid, profoundly personal and at times formally experimental, these poems are never less than engaging and more than worthy of the Douglas name.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Alma Books Ltd Publication Date: 15/03/2009 ISBN-13: 9781846880889  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lord Gawain Douglas was born in 1948, the younger son of Francis, the 11th Marquess of Queensberry. Following his father's death in 1954 he went with his mother Mimi to live an unusual and solitary childhood in Portmeirion, North Wales. Formal education (which Gawain studiously ignored) always took second place to that provided by the mountains, rivers and forests - the mystic Welsh country inspired his early poetic imaginings. In 1971 Gawain married Nicolette, a fellow student at the Royal Academy of Music, where they both studied piano, and they have brought up a large family of six children together. They now live in Deal in Kent, close to the sea.

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