Robert Burns

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Gerard Carruthers
978-0-7463-1177-6

A comprehensive overview of Burns’s entire poetic career emphasizing his construction of his role as a poet and his relationship to literary and intellectual history.

Description: This book treats Burns’s work chronologically from the first publication of his poetry in 1786 to his song writing and collecting which predominated in the 1790s. It encompasses discussion of Burns’s social and religious satires, his political comment and his utterances on love and gender. In line with modern Burns scholarship, this study reads Burns against both his Scottish and British literary backgrounds and emphasizes, particularly, Burns’s construction of his poetic problematic national history and focuses on how his mapping out of poetic space for himself as a Scot makes him a crucial proto-Romantic figure. The book debunks the myth of Burns as ‘the heaven-taught ploughman’, emphasizing his very contemporary understanding of the power of literature and of the emotions as a vital part of human intellect.

 

....an excellent book packed with information and critical insight ..Much of the pleasure derives from its ability to send readers back to the texts, intrigued, re-focused and hugely rewarded

               Scottish Studies Review

 

Author: Carruthers, Gerard

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