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'A Summer in Skye' (4)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_ALEXANDER_SMITH_04
SGÌRE
An t-Eilean Sgitheanach
SIORRACHD/PARRAIST
INBHIR NIS
DEIT
2008
LINN
2000an
CRUTHADAIR
Alexander Smith
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Am Baile
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1230
KEYWORDS
claistinneach
cruthan-tìre litreachais

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Tha a' chuibhreann chlaistinneach seo o 'A Summer in Skye' le Alexander Smith, foillsichte an 1865. Tha e air a leughadh an seo le Tormod Newton.

'Father M'Crimmon was a tall man, being in height considerably above six feet. He was thin, like his own island, where the soil is washed away by the rain, leaving bare the rock. His face was mountainously bony, with great pits and hollows in it. His eyes were gray and had that depth of melancholy in them which is so often observed in men of his order. In heart he was simple as a child; in discourse slow, measured and stately. There was something in his appearance that suggested the silence and solitude of the wilderness; of hours lonely to the heart and bare spaces lonely to the eye.

Although of another and - as I think, else I should not profess it - a purer faith, I respected him at first and loved him almost when I came to know him. Was it wonderful that his aspect was sorrowful, that it wore a wistful look, as if he had lost something which could never be regained and that for evermore the sunshine was stolen from his smile? He was by his profession cut off from all the sweet ties of human nature, from all love of wife or child. His people were widely scattered: across the black moor, far up the hollow glens, blustering with winds or dimmed with the rain-cloud. Thither the grim man followed them, officiating on rare festival occasions of marriage and christening; more frequently engaged dispensing alms, giving advice in disaster, waiting by the low pallets of the fever-stricken, listening to the confession of long-hoarded guilt, comforting the dark spirit as it passed to its audit.

Yet cold and cheerless as may be his life, he has his reward; for in his wanderings through the glens there is not an eye but brightens at his approach, not a mourner but feels he has a sharer in his sorrow; and when the tall, bony, seldom-smiling man is borne at last to his grave, round many a fireside will tears fall and prayers be said for the good priest M'Crimmon.'

Rinn Alexander Smith, no Alasdair Mac a' Ghobhainn, tòrr obair sgrìobhaidh de bhàrdachd is de dh'aistean ann am meadhan linn Bhictoria, ach ged a rinn, cha do choisinn e an cliù ris a bha e a' strì.

Rugadh Mac a' Ghobhainn ann an Dùn Èideann an 31mh Dùbhlachd 1829 agus rinn e fèin-fhoghlam, a' leantainn athar na cheàrd le aodach fighte, gus an deach cruinneachadh bàrdachd aige fhoillseachadh ann an 1853. Bha seo air nochdadh an toiseach san iris 'The Critic' fon ainm 'A Life Drama'. Chaidh a mholadh gu mòr le muinntir litreachas Alba agus choisinn a bhàrdachd dha dreuchd ann an 1854 mar Rùnaire Oilthigh Dhùin Èidinn.

An dèidh foillseachadh 'Poems' (1853), rinn Smith co-obair còmhla ri Sydney Dobell air pìosan caran rabhdach air Cogadh a' Chrimea, 'Sonnets on the War' (1855). Tharraing seo càineadh thuige agus ann an 'City Poems' (1857) dh'fheuch e ris an dreach sgrìobhaidh aige a thogail, a' sgrìobhadh cuid den obair a b' fheàrr a rinn e. Gu mì-fhortanach, nuair a chuir cuid dhaoine às a leth gun do ghoid e pàirt dhen obair, tharraing seo barrachd dhroch bheachdan sgrìobhte air obair.

Phòs Alexander Smith Flòraidh NicDhòmhnaill, tè aig an robh càirdeas fad às don tè a thug cobhair don Phrionnsa Teàrlach, aig Taigh an Ùird san Eilean Sgitheanach ann an 1857. Thill iad dhan Eilean a h-uile Lùnastal fad naoi bliadhna gus an tug am fiabhras ballach bàs dha an 5mh Faoillich 1867. Bha e a' fulang le droch shlàinte fad an dà bhliadhna mu dheireadh de a bheatha agus bha e gu math truagh nuair a ghlac e am fiabhras ballach.

Thuirt Simon Berry, san 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' (2004):

The annual month's retreat on Skye allowed his psychological defences
against urban pressures to be lowered. His creative, dionysian side fed
on the unpredictable and irrational features of the island: the sudden
contrasts of storm and calm, the semi-surrealistic mountain shapes and
colours, the superstitions and fantastic tales of its inhabitants. All these
went into 'A Summer in Skye', making it a fascinating hotchpotch of
travelogue and speculation with no obvious models. In the same way
as Scott's poetry had drawn visitors to Perthshire earlier in the century,
so Smith's work (allied to the growth in the railway network) benefited
the west highland tourist trade.

Chaidh 'A Summer in Skye' a chlò-bhualadh dà uair o chionn ghoirid, ann an dreach a bha deasaichte agus gu math nas giorra, ach tha bàrdachd Alexander Smith fhathast a' feitheamh ach an lorg leughadairean an là an-diugh e.

Tha ro-ràdh feumail san ath-chlobhualadh gheàrrte o 1983 de 'A Summer in Skye' le Uilleam F. Laughlan. Tha air aithris an sin gur e athair-cèile Smith, Teàrlach MacDhòmhnaill, 'MacIain an Ùird' agus gur e Coinneach MacLeòid Ghrìsinnis 'an t-Uachdaran', ach cha deach caractaran eile a tha a' nochdadh san obair an aithneachadh fhathast.

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'A Summer in Skye' (4)

INBHIR NIS

2000an

claistinneach; cruthan-tìre litreachais

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Alexander Smith

Tha a' chuibhreann chlaistinneach seo o 'A Summer in Skye' le Alexander Smith, foillsichte an 1865. Tha e air a leughadh an seo le Tormod Newton.<br /> <br /> 'Father M'Crimmon was a tall man, being in height considerably above six feet. He was thin, like his own island, where the soil is washed away by the rain, leaving bare the rock. His face was mountainously bony, with great pits and hollows in it. His eyes were gray and had that depth of melancholy in them which is so often observed in men of his order. In heart he was simple as a child; in discourse slow, measured and stately. There was something in his appearance that suggested the silence and solitude of the wilderness; of hours lonely to the heart and bare spaces lonely to the eye. <br /> <br /> Although of another and - as I think, else I should not profess it - a purer faith, I respected him at first and loved him almost when I came to know him. Was it wonderful that his aspect was sorrowful, that it wore a wistful look, as if he had lost something which could never be regained and that for evermore the sunshine was stolen from his smile? He was by his profession cut off from all the sweet ties of human nature, from all love of wife or child. His people were widely scattered: across the black moor, far up the hollow glens, blustering with winds or dimmed with the rain-cloud. Thither the grim man followed them, officiating on rare festival occasions of marriage and christening; more frequently engaged dispensing alms, giving advice in disaster, waiting by the low pallets of the fever-stricken, listening to the confession of long-hoarded guilt, comforting the dark spirit as it passed to its audit. <br /> <br /> Yet cold and cheerless as may be his life, he has his reward; for in his wanderings through the glens there is not an eye but brightens at his approach, not a mourner but feels he has a sharer in his sorrow; and when the tall, bony, seldom-smiling man is borne at last to his grave, round many a fireside will tears fall and prayers be said for the good priest M'Crimmon.'<br /> <br /> Rinn Alexander Smith, no Alasdair Mac a' Ghobhainn, tòrr obair sgrìobhaidh de bhàrdachd is de dh'aistean ann am meadhan linn Bhictoria, ach ged a rinn, cha do choisinn e an cliù ris a bha e a' strì.<br /> <br /> Rugadh Mac a' Ghobhainn ann an Dùn Èideann an 31mh Dùbhlachd 1829 agus rinn e fèin-fhoghlam, a' leantainn athar na cheàrd le aodach fighte, gus an deach cruinneachadh bàrdachd aige fhoillseachadh ann an 1853. Bha seo air nochdadh an toiseach san iris 'The Critic' fon ainm 'A Life Drama'. Chaidh a mholadh gu mòr le muinntir litreachas Alba agus choisinn a bhàrdachd dha dreuchd ann an 1854 mar Rùnaire Oilthigh Dhùin Èidinn.<br /> <br /> An dèidh foillseachadh 'Poems' (1853), rinn Smith co-obair còmhla ri Sydney Dobell air pìosan caran rabhdach air Cogadh a' Chrimea, 'Sonnets on the War' (1855). Tharraing seo càineadh thuige agus ann an 'City Poems' (1857) dh'fheuch e ris an dreach sgrìobhaidh aige a thogail, a' sgrìobhadh cuid den obair a b' fheàrr a rinn e. Gu mì-fhortanach, nuair a chuir cuid dhaoine às a leth gun do ghoid e pàirt dhen obair, tharraing seo barrachd dhroch bheachdan sgrìobhte air obair.<br /> <br /> Phòs Alexander Smith Flòraidh NicDhòmhnaill, tè aig an robh càirdeas fad às don tè a thug cobhair don Phrionnsa Teàrlach, aig Taigh an Ùird san Eilean Sgitheanach ann an 1857. Thill iad dhan Eilean a h-uile Lùnastal fad naoi bliadhna gus an tug am fiabhras ballach bàs dha an 5mh Faoillich 1867. Bha e a' fulang le droch shlàinte fad an dà bhliadhna mu dheireadh de a bheatha agus bha e gu math truagh nuair a ghlac e am fiabhras ballach.<br /> <br /> Thuirt Simon Berry, san 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' (2004):<br /> <br /> The annual month's retreat on Skye allowed his psychological defences<br /> against urban pressures to be lowered. His creative, dionysian side fed<br /> on the unpredictable and irrational features of the island: the sudden<br /> contrasts of storm and calm, the semi-surrealistic mountain shapes and<br /> colours, the superstitions and fantastic tales of its inhabitants. All these<br /> went into 'A Summer in Skye', making it a fascinating hotchpotch of<br /> travelogue and speculation with no obvious models. In the same way<br /> as Scott's poetry had drawn visitors to Perthshire earlier in the century,<br /> so Smith's work (allied to the growth in the railway network) benefited<br /> the west highland tourist trade.<br /> <br /> Chaidh 'A Summer in Skye' a chlò-bhualadh dà uair o chionn ghoirid, ann an dreach a bha deasaichte agus gu math nas giorra, ach tha bàrdachd Alexander Smith fhathast a' feitheamh ach an lorg leughadairean an là an-diugh e. <br /> <br /> Tha ro-ràdh feumail san ath-chlobhualadh gheàrrte o 1983 de 'A Summer in Skye' le Uilleam F. Laughlan. Tha air aithris an sin gur e athair-cèile Smith, Teàrlach MacDhòmhnaill, 'MacIain an Ùird' agus gur e Coinneach MacLeòid Ghrìsinnis 'an t-Uachdaran', ach cha deach caractaran eile a tha a' nochdadh san obair an aithneachadh fhathast.