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on December 1, 2010
Wilkie introduces each poem with a brief paragraph explaining the context and themes of each work. Below that, Burns' poem is on the left, and Wilkie's explanation is on the right. Each difficult stanza is summarized, and a mini-glossary for the most difficult vocabulary right there where you need it. This is essentially a bilingual book, with poetry in Scots on the left and summaries and glossaries in English on the right. The in-line nature of the summary and vocabulary makes it easy to get just as much help as you need when reading, without having to consult a dictionary or even flip to the back of the book. I love books like this, and I am overjoyed at finding such a book for Burns' work. Too many people consider Scots a dialect of English because much of it is mutually comprehensible. Wilkie doesn't take a strong stand on the matter, but he treats the material as one should when translating between two closely related, but distinct, languages. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Burns, poetry, or the Scots language.
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on June 15, 2016
A good selection of Burns' poems. Having the glossary of Scots term directly next to the poem's text is much more convenient than having to look up a word in a glossary at the back of the book, as most editions have. The editor's comments explaining or rephrasing what the poet saying are often helpful. His comments are not very penetrating as criticism, and there is an alarming number of typos. But this is still a very helpful edition of Burns' poems for a general reader. Burns himself is a great poet and should be better known from direct reading, rather than just a few pieces and general reputation. This book should help bring that wider knowledge about.
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on November 6, 2007
This book is essential to understanding the literary giant that Burns was and the keen insight he had about mankind.This is the primar of the multitude of books devoted to him.
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on January 26, 2008
This book is a great tool to anyone newly interested in the Bard. It has helped me greatly in learning how to appreciate Robert Burns works.
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on August 24, 2011
I bought this book as a gift for my brother, the history buff, and he really liked it. He has already recommended it to a few other people.
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on November 4, 2014
My favourite poet! Great edition of his works
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on January 10, 2015
interesting
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