poemof the moment
When I go in I want it bright, I want to catch whatever is there in full sight.
about the poem
'Seven Decades' was first published in Felt-tipped Hosannas: for Edwin Morgan on his 70th birthday (1990). It also appeared as an 'epilogue' to the Collected Poems published in the same year. In 'Seven Decades', Morgan reflects on his life across seven stanzas, from boyhood to mature poet.
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Edwin Morgan's poem 'Seven Decades' feels like an apposite choice for marking LBGT History Month Scotland. Morgan's poem explores his life, a life that spanned a period which began with homosexuality outlawed and ended a few years before gay men and women could marry.
Born in Glasgow, Edwin Morgan lived there all his life, and his poetry is grounded in the city. Yet the title of his 1973 collection, From Glasgow to Saturn, suggests the enormous range of Morgan's subject matter. He was Glasgow's first Poet Laureate 1999-2002, and the first to hold the post of 'Scots Makar', created by the Scottish Executive in 2004 to recognise the achievement of Scottish poets throughout the centuries. It was in 1990 that Morgan ‘came out’ in an interview with Christopher Whyte.