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The Best Laid Schemes: Selected Poetry and Prose of Robert Burns Paperback – July 26, 2009
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Two hundred years after his death, some of Burns's words are even more famous than he is: the words to Auld Lang Syne, for example, and the wish to see oursels as others see us. Yet the national poet of Scotland had more in him than the international anthology pieces—including radical politics, storytelling, interesting prose, and verse, in Scots and in standard English. This big book makes a case for Burns as a major romantic poet, whose invitations and angers, stanzas and choruses, merit long appreciation now. Some of the prose bears only historical interest, but many lesser-known poems now shine bright—with anger, sarcasm, self-mockery, double entendres: I like the lasses—Gude forgie me!/ For monie a Plack [coin] they wheedle frae me,/ At dance or fair;/ Maybe some ither thing they gie me/ They weel can spare. Few poets have more gracefully or comically asked the ladies to give up their honor. Coming in time for the poet's 250th birthday, the collection should surely let poets, and reviewers, try to give this complex, hardworking and musically gifted figure his due. (July)
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"[Robert] Crawford and Christopher MacLachlan have opportunely put together by far the most appealing and important selection of Burns's writing that has appeared to date. The Best Laid Schemes includes not only all the great poems, but also excerpts from letters and other prose writings that illuminate the poet's personality and art. The textual editing is meticulous, Crawford contributes a richly informative introduction, and marginal glosses elucidate any linguistic difficulties. It is beautifully produced, with an unpretentious elegance that Burns would have approved."--John Carey, New York Review of Books
"The Best Laid Schemes . . . is a collection of poetry and prose from Burns's pen that gives the reader far more than the fare to be found in the usual anthology. As well as perennial favourites, there are interesting rediscovered poems that have been ignored or missed by earlier editors. This is an attractively presented collection with a beautifully written introduction to the life and work of the poet. . . . [The editors] have done a great deal to reveal again the charm and complexity of one of the world's greatest ever poets of love."--Alexander McCall Smith, Telegraph