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Dunbar the Makar

Priscilla Bawcutt


Dunbar's genius has been recognised not only by critics but by modern poets such as Auden and Eliot. This critical study examines Dunbar's view of himself as a poet, or ‘makar’, and the way he handles various poetic genres. New emphasis is placed on the petitions, or begging-poems, and their use for poetic introspection. There is also a particularly full study of Dunbar's under-valued comic poems, and of the modes most congenial to him: notably parody; irony; ‘flyting’, or invective; and black dream-fantasy. The author takes account of recent scholarship on Dunbar and also the literary traditi ... More

Keywords: Dunbar, poet, makar, poetic genres, petitions, begging-poems, comic poems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198129639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Priscilla Bawcutt, author
Liverpool University