1st Edition

Reading Robert Burns
Texts, Contexts, Transformations

ISBN 9781848935198
Published October 1, 2014 by Routledge
272 Pages

USD $175.00

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Book Description

Robert Burns is Scotland’s greatest cultural icon. Yet, despite his continued popularity, critical work has been compromised by the myths that have built up around him. McGuirk focuses on Burns’s poems and songs, analysing his use of both vernacular Scots and literary English to provide a unique reading of his work.

Table of Contents

1. Robt. Burness to Poet Burns: Bard, Interrupted  2. 'If Thou Indeed Derive Thy Light from Heaven': Wordsworth Responds to Burns  3. Highlands: Burns, Lady Nairne and National Song  4. Three Drunk Men: Visionary Midnight in Robert Fergusson, Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid Epilogue: Burns and Aphorism; or Poetry into Proverb

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Carol McGuirk is Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University.