Bonner Beitrage Zur Anglistik Volume 5-6

Bonner Beitrage Zur Anglistik Volume 5-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...But it was destined to receive a new lease of life in 1722. In that year a well known minor poet, William Hamilton of Gilbertfield, Cambuslang, in order to render 'the original copy intelligible'1 published a modernised version in the heroic couplet then rendered fashionable by Pope. The work--at best only a loose paraphrase of the original--notwithstanding much hostile criticism, captured 'the simple villages' and in 'the poor and private cottages' became a treasured classic. At least twenty editions have appeared since 1722. Thirty eight editions during a period of about 380 years, sufficiently attest the uncommon popularity of the poem in Scotland. 2. There can be little doubt that the personality of Sir William Wallace was deeply impressed in the memory of his contemporaries. The rapid growth of legend is itself a proof of the fact. We have not, it is true, any specimen of the 'gret gestis' current in the XIV th. century, but they were known to Wyntoun and in his time had become the property of the nation.2 It may well be, indeed, that some of the curious additions made by Bower or other continuators of The Scotichronicon, to the meagre but sober narrative of Fordun, are nothing else than fragments rendered into Latin prose, of early chansons or ballads. But the true Wallace cult only found fit expression when, in the fulness of time a poet, gathering up the mass of floating traditions, essayed in the 'gret buke' foreshadowed by Wyntoun, to sing the 'dedis of prys and manhod' of the national hero. The poet according to the common tradition was a minstrel familiarly 1 Hamilton, pref. 2 Wyntoun, B viii. ch xv. 2300. known to his contemporaries as Blynd Harry:1 the book was The Wallace the subject of this study. For the student...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747658
  • 9781236747655