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'A Summer in Skye' (8)
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AB_LL_ALEXANDER_SMITH_08
SGÌRE
An t-Eilean Sgitheanach
SIORRACHD/PARRAIST
INBHIR NIS
DEIT
2008
LINN
2000an
CRUTHADAIR
Alexander Smith
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Am Baile
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1236
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.

'To the Isles-man the dial face of the year is not artificially divided, as in cities, by parliamentary session and recess, college terms, vacation short and long, by the rising and sitting of courts of justice; nor yet, as in more fortunate soils, by imperceptible gradations of coloured light - the green flowery year deepening into the sunset of the October hollyhock; the slow reddening of burdened orchards; the slow yellowing of wheaten plains. Not by any of these.

To the Isles-man the year rises into interest when the hills, yet wet with melted snows, are pathetic with newly-weaned lambs and it completes itself through the successive steps of weaning, fleecing, sorting, fattening, sale, final departure and cash in pocket. The shepherd life is more interesting than the agricultural, inasmuch as it deals with a higher order of being; for I suppose a couchant ewe, with her young one at her side, or a ram cropping the herbage, is a more pleasing object to the aesthetic sense than a field of mangel-wurzel, flourishing ever so gloriously.

The shepherd inhabits a mountain country, lives more completely in the open air and is acquainted with all the phenomena of storm and calm, the thunder-smoke coiling in the wind, the hawk hanging stationary in the breathless blue. He knows the faces of hills, recognises the voices of the torrents as if they were children of his own, can unknit their intricate melody as he lies with his dog beside him on the warm slope at noon, separating tone from tone and giving this to rude crag, that to pebbly bottom. Every member of his flock wears to his eye its special individuality and he recognises the countenance of a 'wether' as he would the face of a human acquaintance. Sheep-farming is a picturesque occupation: and I think a multitude of sheep descending a hillside, now outspreading in bleating leisure, now huddling together in the haste of fear - the dogs, urged more by sagacity than by the shepherd's voice, flying along the edges, turning, guiding, changing the shape of the mass - one of the prettiest sights in the world.'

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' (8)

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 /> 'To the Isles-man the dial face of the year is not artificially divided, as in cities, by parliamentary session and recess, college terms, vacation short and long, by the rising and sitting of courts of justice; nor yet, as in more fortunate soils, by imperceptible gradations of coloured light - the green flowery year deepening into the sunset of the October hollyhock; the slow reddening of burdened orchards; the slow yellowing of wheaten plains. Not by any of these. <br /> <br /> To the Isles-man the year rises into interest when the hills, yet wet with melted snows, are pathetic with newly-weaned lambs and it completes itself through the successive steps of weaning, fleecing, sorting, fattening, sale, final departure and cash in pocket. The shepherd life is more interesting than the agricultural, inasmuch as it deals with a higher order of being; for I suppose a couchant ewe, with her young one at her side, or a ram cropping the herbage, is a more pleasing object to the aesthetic sense than a field of mangel-wurzel, flourishing ever so gloriously. <br /> <br /> The shepherd inhabits a mountain country, lives more completely in the open air and is acquainted with all the phenomena of storm and calm, the thunder-smoke coiling in the wind, the hawk hanging stationary in the breathless blue. He knows the faces of hills, recognises the voices of the torrents as if they were children of his own, can unknit their intricate melody as he lies with his dog beside him on the warm slope at noon, separating tone from tone and giving this to rude crag, that to pebbly bottom. Every member of his flock wears to his eye its special individuality and he recognises the countenance of a 'wether' as he would the face of a human acquaintance. Sheep-farming is a picturesque occupation: and I think a multitude of sheep descending a hillside, now outspreading in bleating leisure, now huddling together in the haste of fear - the dogs, urged more by sagacity than by the shepherd's voice, flying along the edges, turning, guiding, changing the shape of the mass - one of the prettiest sights in the world.'<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.