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Priscilla Bawcutt

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198129639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129639.001.0001

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Dunbar's World

Dunbar's World

(p.39) 2 Dunbar's World
Dunbar the Makar

Priscilla Bawcutt

Oxford University Press

There is no fixed and immutable relationship between the real world Dunbar lived in and the poetic world he created. In his poems, Dunbar often selects the ingredients and ideas of his poems from the flux of actual life; he mentions real people, places and events. His imaginative world is sometime golden, more often low and undignified, constructed out of everyday and trivial activities. This made him and his poems difficult to interpret compared to the poets of his time. This chapter is devoted to Dubar's use of place, people and time in which his poems interrelate with the world around him. In this chapter several of his poems are carefully studied and analysed using the premise that the places, people and events indicated in his poems are results of his own experiences and his own real world. Among the studied poems of Dunbar that are included in the discussion are The Testament of Maister Andro Kennedy, The Treasurer's Account, Schir Thomas Norny, among others. The chapter also discusses the satire and mockery that are inscribed within the lines of his poetry, as well as the difficulty in determining the timeline and date of his petitions and poems marked by the variation of time-differences.

Keywords:   Dunbar, poems, satire, mockery, petitions, poetry

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