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Douglas Young (1913-1973) - Poet

He was born on 5th June 1913 at Tayport, Fife, Scotland, and his early childhood was spent in India. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, the University of St Andrews, where he read classics, and (1934-8) New College, Oxford. After his graduation he became a lecturer in Greek at the University of Aberdeen, where he remained until 1941. He joined the Scottish National Party, and because he refused to be conscripted during World War II, was imprisoned in Edinburgh. Between 1947 and 1968 he taught at University College, Dundee, and at the University of St Andrews, before being appointed Professor of Classics at McMaster University in Canada. He became Professor of Greek at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970, only three years before his death, on 23 October 1973. Young published three collections of poetry: Auntran Blads: an Outwale o Verses (1943), Aand there is a classical control in his best lyrics, 'For a Wife in Jizzen' and 'Requiem'. He also translated into Scots a selection of work by the Gaelic poets Somhairle Macgilleain and George Campbell Hay. In 1966 his translation of Aristophanes' The Birds into Scots (The Burdies: a Comedy in Scots Verse by Aristophanes and Douglas Young} was produced at the Edinburgh International Festival; he also wrote The Puddocks: a Verse Play in Scots frae the auld Greek o Aristophanes (1957). As an editor he produced the Saltire Modem Poets Series with Maurice Lindsay  and  Scottish Verse, 1851-1951 (1952). His Greek textual work is noteworthy and he contributed to the translations of Aeschylus and Theognis.

Works: Auntran Blads: an Outwale o Verses (1943), A Braird o Thristles (1947); Plastic Scots and the Scottish Literary Tradition (1947); ed., with Maurice Lindsay, Saltire Modem Poets Series (1947); ed., Selected Poems (1950); Scottish Verse, 1851-1951 (1952); The Burdies: a Comedy in Scots Verse by Aristophanes and Douglas Young, (1975); The Puddocks: a Verse Play in Scots frae the auld Greek o Aristophanes  (1957);  Theognis.  Ps.-Pythagorus. Chares. Anonymi Aulodia. Fragmentum teliambicum. Post E. Diehl. (1961); Edinburgh in the Age of Sir Walter Scott (1965); Scots Burds and English Reviewers (1966); Edinburgh in the Age of Reason (1967); Venus with a Vengeance: the Hippolytus of Euripides in English Verse (1968); St Andrews: Town and Gown,  Royal and Ancient (1969); Scotland, (1971).

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