Poetic licence

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William Ballantine (Letters, 
26 April) is correct to criticise Liz Lochhead’s abuse of her position as Makar in publicly expressing political views. However, we have to accept that poets the world over are rather inclined to spout nationalism for attention’s sake, but do they always mean it ?

Robert Burns, for example, in that repository of his private (and, therefore, presumably 
sincerely held) thoughts, his common-place book, with regard to Britain wrote: “A constitution, which, in its original principles, experience has proved to be every way fitted for our happiness, it would be insanity to abandon for an untried visionary theory.”


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