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Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) called himself "an Aeolian harp strung to every wind of heaven." His first volume of poems, entitled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, was published in 1786. An immediate success, it established Burns's poetic reputation, which has grown over two centuries to the point where he is not only the Scottish national poet but the object of a cult unique in British poetry.
The present volume contains 43 of his finest poems and songs, reprinted unabridged from an authoritative tenth-century edition. Included are "The Twa Dogs," a deft satire of the Scottish upper classes; "To a Mouse," one of the poet's best known, most charming works; "Address to the Unco Guid," an attack on Puritan hypocrisy; "Holy Willie's Prayer," one of the great verse-satires of all times; as well as such favorites as "The Cotter's Saturday Night," "To a Mountain Daisy," "The Holy Fair," "Address to the Deil," "The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie," and many more.
In addition to his poetic undertakings, Burns almost single-handedly preserved and revived the traditional Scottish song, and this volume includes a rich selection of these works: "A Red, Red Rose," "Auld Lang Syne," "Comin' thro' the Rye," "My Heart's in the Highlands," "My Love, She's But a Lassie Yet," and a host of others.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 8mm | 22.68g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486268632
  • 9780486268637
  • 81,810

Table of contents

From Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, 1786  The Two Dogs  Scotch Drink  The Holy Fair  Address to the Devil  The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie  The Cotter's Saturday Night  To a Mouse  To a Mountain Daisy  Epistle to a Young Friend  To a Louse  Song: "It Was Upon a Lammas Night" From the Additions in the Edinburgh Edition of 1787  Address to the Unco Guid  Green Grow the Rashes, O From the Additions in the Edinburgh Edition of 1793  Tam o'Shanter  On the Late Captain Grose's Peregrinations thro' Scotland From the Posthumous Pieces  Holy Willie's Prayer Songs from Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1787-1803) and Thomson's Scottish Airs (1793-1818)  O, Whistle an' I'll Come to Ye, My Lad  I'm O'er Young to Marry Yet  The Birks of Aberfeldie  O'er the Water to Charlie  My Love, She's But a Lassie Yet  The Silver Tassie  Of A' the Airts  Whistle O'er the Lave o't  My Heart's in the Highlands  John Anderson My Jo  Ca' the Yowes to the Knowes  Willie Brew'd a Peck o' Maut  Ae Fond Kiss  The Posie  The Banks o' Doon  Sweet Afton  The Deil's Awa wi' th' Exciseman  A Red, Red Rose  Auld Lang Syne  Comin thro' the Rye  Charlie He's My Darling  O, Lay Thy Loof in Mine, Lass  Open the Door to Me, O  Scots, Wha Hae  Highland May Miscellaneous Songs  There Was a Lad  O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast GlossaryAlphabetical List of TitlesAlphabetical List of First Lines
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