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A. D. a Trilogy of Plays
ISBN: 978 1 857544 98 5
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2000
216 x 135 x 19 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
'I'm not really a believer, but I'm well up on the
Bible, and I was brought up in a Church of
Scotland church-going family... I really enjoyed
getting into what I imagined might be the character
of Jesus. He's a man - perhaps He was the
Son of God, but He was a man. I haven't
shirked the idea of sex, for example. That has to
come in. I've got lots of things that are not Biblical,
that would possibly offend some believers,
but they are necessary to create a real character.'
Edwin Morgan interview, Herald, 31 August 1999
Edwin Morgan, Scotland's best-loved poet, returns to the stage after his celebrated Phaedra with a powerful and shocking millennial examination of the life of Jesus Christ as a man among men.
Jesus, a human figure in an inhuman time, experiences all that a man can experience; Morgan departs from the Gospels in his exploration of how this Person came to know His world. His love affair with an unmarried woman, Helen, and a declaration of love from John,
'the disciple whom Jesus loved', are in the larger character of Jesus that Morgan discovers.
'My ambition is to tell a good story.'
The year 2000 has been a triumphant annus mirabilis for Morgan, and A.D. is a fitting culmination; honest, candid and experimental in spiritual and linguistic terms. As the Scotsman said,
'Edwin Morgan is the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive, glorious
Awards won by Edwin Morgan Winner, 2000 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
Praise for Edwin Morgan '[Dreams and Other Nightmares] is a gorgeous lucky-bag of bits and pieces...' Alan Spence, Sunday Herald Best Books Of 2010 'Edwin Morgan is the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive, glorious refreshment.' The Scotsman 'Morgan's poetry has always been large, vigorous and imaginative. It has been energetic and various.' lain Crichton Smith 'There seems no subject Morgan cannot alight upon with his effervescent art.' The Scotsman 'Morgan is just as capable of taking the breath away in cool, stanzaic English, as in roustabout Scots free verse.' VERSE 'For the range of his inventiveness, the generosity of his imagination, the moral alertness of his social observation. Edwin Morgan is the man for me.' Carol Ann Duffy 'Edwin Morgan's poetry encompasses the whole world. ... he should be at least as famous as Hughes and Heaney.' Liz Lochhead 'Edwin Morgan is probably the writer most influential (in this) generation of Scottish poets.' Robert Crawford '(Morgan) is still at the height of his powers as storyteller, polemicist, lyric poet and translator.' Alan Brownjohn 'Mr Morgan writes in a way which I would characterise as generous and forceful as well as immediately sensible.' The Scotsman 'Mr Morgan is as versatile as he is inventive ... the qualities that most appeal are a capacity for celebration ... and an unsentimental humaneness, a considering sympathy.' TLS
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