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Before Burns: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry
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Before Burns: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry (Paperback)

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This superb anthology offers a lively and indispensable collection of poems and songs from the eighteenth 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 (Burns's 'elder brother in the muse'), as well as a wider selection from the men and women writers whose good-humoured accessibility so characterised the poetry of their time.



MacLachlan's 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.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry anthologies by various poetsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsHistorical & comparative linguistics Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 18/04/2002 ISBN-13: 9781841952536  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christopher MacLachlan attended Trinity Academy, Edinburgh and received an MA(Hons) and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He is teaching at the University of St Andrews.

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