It covered the Scottish Renaissance literary movement in Scotland, featuring works written in English, Scots and Gaelic, and was important in bringing the Scottish poets of the time to wider international attention.
The anthology went through subsequent editions published in 1966, 1976 and 1986.
Poets in Modern Scottish Poetry (1946)
Margot Robert Adamson - Marion Angus - George Bruce - Helen B. Cruickshank - Adam Drinan - John Ferguson - G. S. Fraser - Robert Garioch - W. S. Graham - Alexander Gray - George Campbell Hay - J. F. Hendry - Violet Jacob - William Jeffrey - Maurice Lindsay - Norman MacCaig - Hugh MacDiarmid - Pittendrigh MacGillivray - Albert MacKie - Hamish Maclaren - Sorley MacLean - Robert MacLellan - Donald MacRae - William Montgomerie - Edwin Muir - R. Crombie Saunders - Tom Scott - Ann Scott-Moncrieff - Donald Sinclair - Sydney Goodsir Smith - William Soutar - Lewis Spence - Muriel Stuart - Ruthven Todd - Andrew Young - Douglas Young
Additional in the 1966 edition
D. M. Black - George Mackay Brown - Stewart Conn - Ian Hamilton Finlay - Robin Fulton - Edwin Morgan - Alastair Reid - Alexander Scott - Burns Singer - Iain Crichton Smith - Derick Thomson - Sydney Tremayne - W. Price Turner
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- List of poetry anthologies
- Tolley, A. Trevor (1986). The Poetry of the Forties. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719017087.
- "Maurice Lindsay (1918 - 2009)". Scottish Poetry Library. 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Barnaby, Paul; Hubbard, Tom (2007). Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: Modern Transformations: New Identities (from 1918). Edinburgh University Press. p. 36. ISBN 9780748624829.