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Understanding Robert Burns : verse, explanation and glossary

By: Burns, Robert Wilkie, George Scott(Edited by)

190323848X / 9781903238486
Stock expected by 08/06/2020
23 cm [ix], 310 p.
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Reprint. Published in Scotland.

Although recognized throughout the world, the poems of Robert Burns are rarely understood.

Many lovers of his poetry and songs have struggled with the meanings of many of the bard's words.

This book aims to give readers an immediate understanding of 138 of his poems.

Opposite every stanza of each poem, the meaning of what Burns wrote is given, along with a glossary.

Thus, alongside lines from "Ode to a Mouse" ("Wee sleekit, cow'rin', tim'rous beastie, Oh, what a panic's in thy breastie!") the author explains that "Burns is doing his utmost to assure this terrified little creature that it is quite safe, that he has no intention of causing it any harm".


2AB English, DCF Poetry by individual poets, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets

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