Montgomerie, Alexander

Montgomerie, Alexander
   The dates of this Scottish poet, the son of Hugh Montgomerie of Hazelhead Castle, Ayrshire, are ob272 scure; those given are from the DNB. He was the laureate of the court of James VI around 1577. In 1586 he was given royal permission to leave Scotland to visit France, Flanders, Spain, and other countries. However, somewhere between Gravesend and the Netherlands his ship was captured and he spent some time in prison, possibly in Holland. His popular poem "The Cherrie and the Slae" secured him a place in the literature of Scotland. With 114 stanzas, it is a moral allegory, in which Virtue is represented by the cherry and Vice by the sloe. His sonnets throw light on the poet's life and character, although some are marred by their obsequious flattery. Some of his other poems: "A Lang Guidnicht," "Adieu to His Mistress," "Against the God of Love," "An Admonition to Young Lassies," "Ane Dreame," "Away Vane World," "Psalm 128," "Psalm 2," "Psalm 23," "The Commendatione of Love," "The Song of Simeon," "To His Majestie," "To the Blessed Trinity."
   Sources: Alexander Montgomerie and the Netherlands, 1586-89 ( COMET/glasgrev/issue1/lyall.htm). Alexander Montgomerie: A Selection From His Songs and Poems. Helena M. Shire, ed. The Saltire Society, 1960. Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. The Cherrie and the Slae by Alexander Montgomerie. H Harvey Wood, ed. Faber and Faber Ltd., 1937. First printed by Robert Waldegrave, 1597. For the whole poem see ( The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 ( The Golden Treasury of Scottish Poetry. Hugh MacDiarmid, ed. Macmillan, 1941. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000.

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