Robert Burns The Patriot Bard
Robert Burns the Patriot Bard. This new biography of Scotland's national poet explodes the Burns myth, replacing the ram-stam lad of popular cliche with the real, living Burns. He is revealed as a Scottish patriot of the heart, an idealist who wished for Freedom and Liberty for his beloved Scotland, but also a man who was pragmatically a British patriot who risked his life for democratic reform. In Robert Burns: The Patriot Bard, the greatest of Scotland's poets is placed within the true context of his times. He was a son of the Enlightenment, whose inspiration came from both Scottish and English poets, the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American Revolution of Independence and the French Revolution of 1789. Burns is painted in his native colours as a highly complex, hyper-intelligent writer in both prose and poetry, not the semi-confused contradictory simpleton of previous biographies. The fascinating legend of Burns as ladies' man is placed where it should be, as less important than the message of the bard.
The real day-to-day Burns was irascible, stubborn-minded, independent, controversial and opinionated. His voice was always in the language of the people and his idealist vision of a better world lifted him from being exclusively a patriotic Scottish and British poet to a poet of humanity 'the world o'er'. Drawing from Burns' existing canon of poetry and letters, plus some newly attributed works suppressed for over two centuries, this life story is a roller-coaster narrative that charts the success and untimely death of the greatest songwriter of all time, the real Robert Burns. Robert Burns: The Patriot Bard.
Burns: The Lassies Robert Burns was fond of women, and his
well-documented affairs have earned him a reputation as a rake
and womaniser. It was said that he couldn't just admire a lass,
he would fall head-over-heels. And every woman that Burns loved
became a flawless beauty with an equally flawless character.
During his short life Burns wrote a great deal of poetry to
or about women. Some were written as love poems or songs, intended
to sway the heart of whoever had caught his eye, others in honour
of a more casual acquaintance whose beauty or talents had impressed
him in some way. Others were composed simply as a form of thank
you. This is a collection of all these poems, each accompanied
by a detailed history of Burns' relationship with the subject.
Was he the philanderer and rake he's said to be? George Scott
Wilkie looks at the letters, poems and sonnets - a collection
covering over 80 women from his first flighty glance of a haughty
laird's daughter, through the women who fathered his children
to the delectable, unattainable Clarinda.
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