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The definitive selection of Robert Burns's best poetry and prose, including some newly discovered verses
There are more statues of Robert Burns in the United States than there are of any American poet. Scotland's favorite poet has been loved by generations of Americans—from Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman to Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and Bob Dylan. Now this book makes Burns's greatest poetry more accessible to American readers than ever before. This is the only comprehensive selection of his work that has discreet line-by-line marginal glossing of the Scots, archaic, and obscure words, allowing readers to understand and enjoy the poems without constantly having to turn to footnotes or a glossary. Newly edited from manuscripts and early printed texts, this definitive, wide-ranging collection also introduces some recently discovered verses—and it is the only edition to present a substantial selection of Burns's important prose writings, including letters and key statements about his art. Edited and annotated by acclaimed Burns biographer Robert Crawford and textual expert Christopher MacLachlan, the book also includes a substantial introduction that puts the poet in biographical, historical, and cultural context.
The Best Laid Schemes demonstrates like no other collection why Burns is considered one of the world's greatest poets of love and democracy—and why he continues to entertain, move, and intrigue readers two and a half centuries after his birth.
The present volume contains 43 of his finest poems and songs, reprinted unabridged from an authoritative tenth-century edition. Included are "The Twa Dogs," a deft satire of the Scottish upper classes; "To a Mouse," one of the poet's best known, most charming works; "Address to the Unco Guid," an attack on Puritan hypocrisy; "Holy Willie's Prayer," one of the great verse-satires of all times; as well as such favorites as "The Cotter's Saturday Night," "To a Mountain Daisy," "The Holy Fair," "Address to the Deil," "The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie," and many more.
In addition to his poetic undertakings, Burns almost single-handedly preserved and revived the traditional Scottish song, and this volume includes a rich selection of these works: "A Red, Red Rose," "Auld Lang Syne," "Comin' thro' the Rye," "My Heart's in the Highlands," "My Love, She's But a Lassie Yet," and a host of others.
Best known for poems such as “A Red, Red Rose” and “Ae Fond Kiss,” and for the song “Auld Lang Synge,” which is sung around the world every New Years’ Eve, Robert Burns was one of the most important poets of the 18th century. A major influence on the Romantic poetry movement, Burns is still beloved across Scotland, with Burns Night celebrated every January 25th.
This complete volume of the writer’s poetry and songs includes previously unpublished pieces, draws on extensive scholarship and Burn’s own letters, and offers supplemental information about his life, early hardships, political beliefs, and literary contexts. An extensive glossary of Scots words is included.
“A very fine edition, and the long introduction, which sets out to clear the tangled banks, is alone worth the cover price.”—The Scotsman, UK
An invigorating collection of Robert Burns to accompany you through the seasons. From spring's transient, blossoming beauty in 'Afton Water' to a celebration of everlasting love in summer's 'O My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose'; from Tam o' Shanter's rowdy supernatural adventures in autumn to the simple conviviality of the 'Selkirk Grace' at wintry festivities . . . Robert Burns's words, both famous and lesser-known, mingle here in tribute to his unique literary output. With Burns for Every Day of the Year, Scotland's national bard will earn the place in your heart - and on your bedside table - that he so richly deserves.
Join Robert Burns on a wide-ranging journey of poetry, prose and song through every day of the year . . . take 366 daily dips into Burns to inspire, invigorate and amuse.
Across the world, as midnight strikes on New Year's Eve, Burns's beloved song 'Auld Lang Syne' is sung in a spirit of friendship and togetherness. But his exuberant wit, insight and generous-hearted humanity can be celebrated every day.
This stunning collection - perfect for Burns aficionados and Burns beginners alike - reminds us of old favourites and introduces new treasures. Thoughtfully curated by Dr Pauline Mackay of the University of Glasgow, it offers 366 glimpses into the genius of this remarkable bard, creating a panoramic view of his colourful life and multifaceted literary legacy.
'Oh would some power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us!' Robert Burns
Robert Burns, poet and lyricist, also known as Rabbie Burns, is widely regarded as the National Poet of Scotland - and much of his work has become part of everyday modern language:
'The best laid schemes o' mice and men...'
'To see her is to love her...'
Often credited with writing the lyrics for Auld Lang Syne, he almost single-handedly inspired the movement that preserved Scottish music and lyrics which had been handed down the generations vocally for centuries, thereby maintaining Scots culture and language.
A cultural icon and pioneer of the Romantic movement, Burns was chosen as the greatest Scot in a 2009 poll. This collection includes some of his best-loved, most beautiful work.
'Now's the day, now's the hour' Robert Burns