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The Bard by Robert Crawford
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Jan 21, 2009

really liked it
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Read in August, 2009

This book can be a slog, but provides a great scholarly synthesis on Robert Burns. Like Melody noted below, this book reads like a doctoral dissertation, except for the many sexcapades and bawdy talk. While it is easy to get lost in asides, I enjoyed the overwhelming context that Crawford provided. I think Burns is remarkable in that he was part poet and part ethnographer -- chronicling the traditional songs of Scotland. His immediate appeal in Scotland stems from his use of these traditional verses. Yet, his lasting contribution came by masterfully employing those songs and rhythms to explore his own ideas.
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