Essay on Scottish Poets and Poetry

Essay on Scottish Poets and Poetry

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ..." Still to ourselves in every place consign'd Our own felicity we make or find." Burns, thoughtful on many subjects, carefully studied this all-important one; and though, unfortunately for himself and many of his countrymen, his actions were often too much, and very sadly at variance with his precepts, it seems generally allowed that he made up his mind in the definite and pronounced manner indicated in these lines: " Nae treasures, nor pleasures Could make us happy lang: The heart aye's the art aye That makes us rig t or wrang," And further--" If happiness hae not her seat And centre in the I-reast, We may be wise, or rich, or great, But never can he blest.." First Epistle to Davie. These are but a few of many similarities of sentiment. There are also close resemblances in language. Let two suffice. Goldsmith's lines: --"In all my wanderings round this world of care In all my griefs, and God has given my share," are beautifully paraphrased by Burns thus: --" In a' my share of care and grief Which fate has largelv given, My hopes, my comfoi t, and relief Are thoughts of her and Heaven." Epistle to Davie. Lastly, Goldsmith has these lines: --" Who quits the world where strong tem tations try, And since 'tis hard to combat, learns to y " Burns follows with the well-known couplet: --"In vain Religion meets my shrinking eye, I dare not combat, but I turn and fly." A carefully observant student will soon discover that there are many similar parallels. Let us now turn to the poems of Shenstone, with a similar object. These took early hold of Burns from the time he first saw them in his seventeenth year, and held their sway to the close of life's short span....show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991354
  • 9781236991355