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Poet finally makes Holyrood visit
Edwin Morgan
Edwin Morgan with the poem he wrote for the opening
Scotland's poet laureate Edwin Morgan has visited the Scottish Parliament two years after he wrote a poem for Holyrood's opening ceremony.

The 86-year-old, now suffering from cancer, had been too frail to attend the recital of his poem in 2004.

On Tuesday, after seeing his work Open the Doors hanging in the entrance, he gave his approval to the building.

He also gave his partial approval to its occupants, saying that MSPs were making progress.

"There is a lot of advice from certain quarters and I think they are aware of the fact that a lot of people are very anxious to see this building succeed," he said.

"They are not there yet but they are on their way, definitely."

He said the building itself was how he hoped it would be.

"It manages to escape from being a kind of pompous, grandiose statement, and I like that," he said.

"I'm not so sure about the entrance - it took a long time to get into it."

It's important to attempt to say something about your country, your place, and the way you see it.
Edwin Morgan

Mr Morgan, who was officially appointed as Scotland's Makar or national poet, in 2004, said he had regarded the poem as "very, very, special".

"You work away by yourself and you hope it will be well-received and well reviewed," he said.

"But this is a special kind of poem.

"It's important to attempt to say something about your country, your place, and the way you see it.

"It has that kind of historical interest that only certain poems have.

"And in this case I had quite strong feelings about the gradual growth of the historical aspect of Scotland, and I was able - I think - to make quite a decent job of it."

Holyrood Presiding Officer George Reid said it was "a great joy" to welcome Mr Morgan to the parliament.


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