Canongate Stars and Stories
an illuminated literary walk
through Edinburgh’s Old Town
Bright is the ring of words– Robert Louis Stevenson
Edinburgh’s own Robert Louis Stevenson was perhaps best known for his novels, but he also dabbled in verse. This line is from his poem ‘Bright is the ring’ which can be read, along with his other poetical works, in the Scottish Poetry Library: a unique national resource centre founded in 1984.
R.L.S. suffered from ill health all his life and was forced to leave his hometown for a sunnier climate. However, many of his poems about Edinburgh are inspired by light, from the lamp lighters to the sunny days of childhood.
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