The Complete Works of Robert Burns Volume 1

The Complete Works of Robert Burns Volume 1

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... Waddell, "by Kheir combined efforts could produce no finer representation (of evening) than that which follows in the four succeeding lines. There is not, in the whole compass oi Shakspeare a more perfect picture, including figure, color, action, time, flnd sound, with moral sense conjoined, than is here presented in some two-5cents0l'cents words: yet the whole concluding portion of this wonderful work was dashed ofl most probably during an evening's walk or ride from Kilmarnock to Mossgiel, in child-like acquiescence with the suggestions of a printer, and to meet thl requirements of the compositor when his operations began." was merely the creature of the poet's imagination, created for the purpose of holding chat with his favorite Lualh."--Lette1 of Gilbert Burns, vol. iii., Appendix, Currie's Ed. p The main object of this poem, Dr. Currie has remarked, "seems to be to inculcate a lesson of contentment on the lower classes of society, by shewing that their superiors are neither much better nor happier than themselves.... The dogs of Burns, excepting in their talent for moralizing, are downright dogs, and not, like the horses of Swift, and 'Hind and Panther' of Dryden, men in the shape of brutes." The first variation we have to notice is in the sixth paragraph of the poem, --some of the poet's more squeamish critics having prevailed on him to change a very simple, natural and graphic couplet to a very tame and inexpressive one. Accordingly, in the edition of 1793, instead of the lines in our text, we read as follows: --and from one of his manuscripts of that period, it might be inferred that the alteration cost him some trouble, as the former line there reads thus: -show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975391
  • 9781236975393