poemof the moment
Ask me, ask me to dance to the skirl o' the pipes. Ask me, ask me, ask me to dance to the skirl o' the pipes.
about the poem
Carol Ann Duffy says, "'The Scottish Prince' was written for my 9-year old daughter on our annual holiday at Crieff Hydro Hotel; where she nightly dances the Gay Gordon, and many a reel, not only with her dad but also with the hotel's handsome kilted host, whom she thinks is a Scottish Prince. My own emotions, of course, are skirling under the surface of the poem.'
Image: Dunedin Dance Festival 2009_1436 by Ian Robertson, under a Creative Commons licence
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This week we celebrate St Andrews Day, our annual celebration of all things Scottish, from the ridiculous to the sublime, from the worst excesses of tartanry to the beautiful words of our poets. Carol Ann Duffy's 'The Scottish Prince' nods towards the kitsch side of St Andrews day - the kilts, the pipers, all that - but her humour and poetry in the end showcase all that's best about the country.
Carol Ann Duffy
The first female, Scottish Poet Laureate in the role's 400 year history, Carol Ann Duffy's combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism, unconventional attitudes and conventional forms, has won her a very wide audience of readers and listeners.