An Essay on the Life and Genius of Robert Burns

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byThomas Hutchinson

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... THE LIFE AND GENIUS OF ROBERT BURNS. I. Wordsworth asserts that, though the lives of men "who have borne an active part in the world" may perhaps "be pried into with diligent curiosity," yet ought not those of authors in general, or of poets in particular, to be thoughtlessly subjected to the same unhappy scrutiny, since their works--if good--" contain within themselves all that is necessary to their being comprehended and relished." As says the Ettrick Shepherd, "of all retrospects, a narrow one into the private failings of a deceased poet is the most unfair," for of all men he is "the most exposed to erratic wanderings;" yet, without his "strong passions, and ardent feelings, he could never have been the splendid meteor of our admiration," or the object of "our high concern." Alas! that the biographers of to-day think so differently: for while it cannot be denied that mankind is rightly and naturally interested in the most insignificant fact concerning its greatest geniuses, yet any information which has simply a degrading or ridiculing effect, and no other reason for its dissemination than that of gratifying inquisitiveness, should undoubtedly be withheld. Truly indeed sings Gray:--Where ignorance ia bliss Tis folly to be wise. Much about Burns has been "written, printed, and published" which should not have been--and not alone belonging to the realms of fiction. That he erred he was himself perfectly aware, yet never did he endeavour to appear in any light save that of a repentant sinner. Hear his confession--" a confession," writes the already quoted Lake poet, " at once devout, poetical, and human." Is there a man, whose judgment clear, Can others teach the course to steer, "Yet runs, himself, Life's mad career, Wild as the wave?...

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... THE LIFE AND GENIUS OF ROBERT BURNS. I. Wordsworth asserts that, though the lives of men "who have borne an ac...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217771416

ISBN - 13:9780217771412

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