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The Poetical Works of Burns

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Found in this volume are the best of the poetical works of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. The poems are reprinted from the best editions, and includes explanatory glossary notes. Also presented in this book is a memoir of Robert Burns, giving a biographical sketch of this renowned poet. Illustrated.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 1st 1974 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1885)
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The thing I don't understand about the people who analyse Plath's poems in terms of the tawdry details of her life - 'She wrote this one after Ted put his dick in what's her name' - is that it demeans the nature of the relationship. Plath's poetry isn't a never-ending series of reactions to whose vagina her husband's penis is in today. Her poetry is, if you like, her contribution to the never-ending discussion of the meaning of life. I don't see that it is being interpreted the right way if we t ...more
I learned in Institute that one of the writers Pres. David O. McKay liked to quote was Robert Burns. Up to that point, I'd never heard of him. So I decided to look up some of the things he'd written. I was flipping through this book and actually stumbled across things that I was very familiar with due to many years in choir. And others that I've heard plenty of times, but never knew who wrote them. (These all would include "Auld Lang Syne," "Highland Mary," "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose," "Wh ...more
Now that was interesting. My edition is the Excelsior 1886 publication printed in Edinburgh. It is called Works of Robert Burns. It has a lengthy biography (78 very small print pages) in the beginning, which I honestly tried to read but failed. It portrayed Burns as a god on earth. He is definitely the Scottish Bard. What I learned from this book was that Burns was a very opinionated fellow who wrote his poems in the old Scottish way. His later poetry evolved into the more "acceptable English st ...more
A great edition of Burns. I think I found this right after my trip to Scotland in 1997.
I love Robert Burns and this is a great collection.
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Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light ...more
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