Douglas Dunn's Poetry
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Douglas Dunn - Biography
Douglas Dunn was born (Scotland) on 23 October 1942. He is a Scottish poet, editor, and critic. He was awarded an OBE in 2003.
Douglas Dunn grew up in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. He attended the Scottish School of Librarianship in Glasgow, and afterwards got a library job in Akron, Ohio. However, he returned to the United Kingdom when he was asked to serve in Vietnam. He studied at Hull University, working in the university library (Brynmor Jones Library) with the poet Philip Larkin.
From 1991, Dunne was a Professor of English at the University of St Andrew. In 1993, he became Director of the University's Scottish Studies Centre, until retiring in September 2008. Dunne is now an Honorary Professor at St Andrews.
Dunne’s poetry has been described as “deceptively conversational” (Andrew Greig noted in a review of Invisible Ink for the Herald Scotland in 2011). He has published more than 10 books of poetry.
Douglas Dunn - 'From the Night-Window' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Douglas Dunn's 'From the Night-Window'.
'From the Night-Window' is an autobiographical poem from Dunn's collection of poems called 'Terry Street' - a place in Hull where he lived, whilst at university. It gives the impression that the narrator is observing events from a residence in the vicinity.
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