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Burns and Other Poets

Edited by David Sergeant, Fiona Stafford

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New essays on Burns' special place in Scottish, English and Irish literary culture

In this volume, 17 leading Burns scholars, poetry critics and practising poets reflect on the enduring significance of one of the most important poets of the 18th century. They show that Burns was a highly innovative and technically accomplished poet, as capable of transforming earlier traditions as of launching new literary trends.

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'The Devil's Elbow', Andrew McNeillie
1. Introduction: Burns and the Performance of Form, David Sergeant
2. Burns and Loyalty, Douglas Dunn
3. Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns, Rhona Brown
4. Robert Burns's Scots Poetry Contemporaries, Gerard Carruthers
5. 'To a Mouse': Burns, Power and Equality, Freya Johnston
6. Burns's Sentiments: Gray, Milton and 'To A Mountain-Daisy', Mina Gorji
7. House and Home in Burns's Poems, Claire Lamont
8. 'The Real Language of Men': Fa's Speerin? Burns and the
Scottish Romantic Vernacular, Murray Pittock
9. 'Merry Ha'e We Been': The Midnight Visions of Brian Merriman and Robert Burns, Patrick Crotty
10. Arcades Ambo: Robert Burns and Thomas Dermody, Michael Griffin
11. 'Simple Bards, unbroke by rules of Art': The Poetic Self-Fashioning of Burns and Hogg, Meiko O'Halloran
12. Wordsworth and Burns, Stephen Gill
13. The 'Ethical Turn' in Literary Criticism: Burns and Byron, Brean Hammond
14. MacDiarmid, Burnsians, and Burns's Legacy, Robert Crawford
14. Ireland's National Bard, Bernard O'Donoghue
15. The Collapse of Distance: Heaney's Burns and the 1990s, Fiona Stafford
'The Old Second Division', Bernard O'Donoghue
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

David Sergeant is Lecturer in English post-1850 at Plymouth University.

Fiona Stafford is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on Romantic literature, Scottish and Irish literature and poetic dialogues. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Robert Burns Centre in Glasgow. Her books include Local Attachments (OUP, 2010); Brief Lives: Jane Austen (Hesperus, 2008); Starting Lines in Scottish, Irish and English Poetry, from Burns to Heaney (OUP, 2000); The Last of the Race (OUP, 1994); The Sublime Savage: James Macpherson and the Poems of Ossian (EUP, 1988).


The range of essays in Burns and Other Poets show how the unexhausted topic of the Bard's literary persona provides ever fresh scope for consideration and new interpretations.
- The BARS Review