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Robert Burns and Pastoral: Poetry and Improvement in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Nigel Leask


This book is a reassessment of the writings of Robert Burns (1759–96), arguably the most original poet writing in Great Britain between Pope and Blake, and creator of the first modern vernacular style in British poetry. Although still celebrated as Scotland's national poet, Burns has long been marginalised in English literary studies worldwide, due to a mistaken view that his poetry is linguistically incomprehensible and of interest to Scottish readers only. This book challenges this view by interpreting Burns's poetry as an innovative and critical engagement with the experience of rural moder ... More

Keywords: Scottish enlightenment, romanticism, pastoral, Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson, Scottish identity, rural modernity, self-fashioning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nigel Leask, author
Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
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