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CodeNA8669
Dates1925-
Person NameFinlay; Ian Hamilton (1925-); poet, artist and writer
SurnameFinlay
ForenamesIan Hamilton
Epithetpoet, artist and writer
ActivityIan Hamilton Finlay was born in 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas, but his parents were Scottish and the family returned to Scotland when Finlay was a young child. He attended Glasgow School of Art for a short while before the Second World War but after the war began to concentrate on writing. His work had a strong visual element and his emphasis on the form and shape of words in the early 1960s influenced the foundation of the 'concrete poetry' movement. Finlay used different materials in his work, such as stone and wood, and frequently published his poems as postcards or posters. His wit and brevity of style are evident in collections such as 'The Dancers Inherit the Party' (1960) and in his short stories. In 1966 Finlay and his wife bought a farmhouse near Dunsyre in the Pentlands which they named 'Little Sparta' and created a landscaped classical garden with sculptures and inscriptions. Since then he has been admired for his work as a sculptor as well as for his written work.
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