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Nan Shepherd - great landscape writer, mediocre poet
on 26 January 2015
Nan Shepherd's 'The Living Mountain' is the best prose account of our mountain landscape, ever. sadly, viewed dispassionately, she was not a great poet, but writes like an amateur dabbler, in thrall to Wordsworthian convention. every verse had me reaching for an editorial pen, to make obvious refinements (at least she had a go, more than I would..). so thanks to R Macfarlane for exhuming it, and it's a lovely artefact to possess, but only of 'period' interest. like her novels indeed.