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Before Burns: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry Christopher McLachlan

Before Burns: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry

Christopher McLachlan

Published April 1st 2002
ISBN : 9781841952536
Paperback
336 pages
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Edited and introduced by Christopher MacLachlan, this superb anthology offers a lively and indispensable collection of poems and songs from the 18th century. Here are the poets who created the literary tradition of vernacular directness which BurnsMoreEdited and introduced by Christopher MacLachlan, this superb anthology offers a lively and indispensable collection of poems and songs from the 18th century. Here are the poets who created the literary tradition of vernacular directness which Burns drew upon and shared. Before Burns includes a substantial selection from the work of Allan Ramsay and Robert Ferguson (Burnss elder brother in the muse), as well as a wider selection from the men and women writers whose good-humored accessibility so characterized the poetry of their time. MacLachlans excellent introduction also puts these works in perspective and makes a case for a linguistic confidence, rather than insecurity, in their vigorous use of English and Scots.