Selected Poems and Songs

Paperback | January 20, 2014

byRobert Burns

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'The Poetic Genius of my Country...bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue.' Many of the poems and songs of Robert Burns (1759-96) are familiar to readers the world over: lyrical, acerbic, comic, bawdy, democratic. They include 'To a Mouse', 'John Anderson my Jo', 'A red red Rose', 'Auld lang syne', 'Tam o 'Shanter' and many more, whose vernacular energy and simple beautyhave ensured lasting popularity. This generous new selection offers Burns's work as it was first encountered by contemporary readers, presenting the texts in the contexts in which they were originally published. It reproduces the whole of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published at Kilmarnock in 1786, the volume which madeBurns famous; and it reunites a generous selection of songs from The Scots Musical Museum and A Select Collection of Scottish Airs with their full scores. Comprehensive notes describe the circumstances in which other poems and songs found their way into print, both before and after the poet's death.The edition also includes some important letters, and a full glossary to explain Scots words. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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'The Poetic Genius of my Country...bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue.' Many of the poems and songs of Robert Burns (1759-96) are familiar to readers the world over: lyrical, acerbic, comic, bawdy, democratic. They include 'To a Mouse', 'John Anderson my Jo', 'A ...

Robert P. Irvine has written on Jane Austen and is the editor of The Edinburgh Anthology of Scottish Literature, 2 vols. (Kennedy and Boyd, 2009), and R. L. Stevenson's Prince Otto for the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (forthcoming). He is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinbur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pagesPublished:January 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199682321

ISBN - 13:9780199682324

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IntroductionChronologyPoems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock 1786)from Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh 1787) Songs from The Scots Musical MuseumSong from A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs, for the Voice (1798-9)Other poems and songs published in Burns's lifetimeOther poems and songs published posthumouslyMapsAppendix 1: from the LettersAppendix 2: contemporary reviews of the Kilmarnock PoemsNotesFurther ReadingIndex of Titles and First Lines