Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs Robert Burns called himself an Aeolian harp strung to every wind of heaven His first volume of poems entitled Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was published in An immediate succ

  • Title: Poems and Songs
  • Author: Robert Burns Stanley Appelbaum
  • ISBN: 9780486268637
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poems and Songs

    Robert Burns 1759 1796 called himself an Aeolian harp strung to every wind of heaven His first volume of poems, entitled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, was published in 1786 An immediate success, it established Burns s poetic reputation, which has grown over two centuries to the point where he is not only the Scottish national poet but the object of a cultRobert Burns 1759 1796 called himself an Aeolian harp strung to every wind of heaven His first volume of poems, entitled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, was published in 1786 An immediate success, it established Burns s poetic reputation, which has grown over two centuries to the point where he is not only the Scottish national poet but the object of a cult unique in British poetry.The present volume contains 43 of his finest poems and songs, reprinted unabridged from an authoritative tenth century edition Included are The Twa Dogs, a deft satire of the Scottish upper classes To a Mouse, one of the poet s best known, most charming works Address to the Unco Guid, an attack on Puritan hypocrisy Holy Willie s Prayer, one of the great verse satires of all times as well as such favorites as The Cotter s Saturday Night, To a Mountain Daisy, The Holy Fair, Address to the Deil, The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie, and many .In addition to his poetic undertakings, Burns almost single handedly preserved and revived the traditional Scottish song, and this volume includes a rich selection of these works A Red, Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne, Comin thro the Rye, My Heart s in the Highlands, My Love, She s But a Lassie Yet, and a host of others.

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    1. Lucy

      My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer,A-chasing the wild deer and following the roe--My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go!Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,The birthplace of valour, the country of worth!Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.Farewell to the mountains high cover'd with snow,Farewell to the straths and green valleys below,Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging w [...]

    2. Everett Darling

      This is an inexpensive edition, and like a good mixed-tape, filled with a variety of well-loved songs and verse. It also includes a much needed Scots-English dictionary in the appendix, and though not necessary for all of the work herein, a total must for most. I wrote a facebook comment to a friend in Scots the other day, as it´s easy to pick up on and well, beyond charming, I even memorized a few lines to be repeated at the bars, because I´m sure that nearly everyone loves Burns, and who wou [...]

    3. Craig

      What can I say? Burns is brilliant. Being a Scot, I am glad I studies this. What is useful about this version is all the footnotes so you can understand the meaning of some of the more obscure words he uses. There is nothing quite like Burns--the combination of rustic honesty satirising the higher classes in a common tone is pretty unique, and very Scottish.

    4. Annie

      Perfect Burns Night Poetry Read"Fare-the-weel, thou first and fairest! Fare-the-weel, thou best and dearest! Thine be ilka joy and treasure, Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure! Ae fond kiss, and then we sever! Ae farewell, alas, for ever! Deep in heart-wrung tears I ’ll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee."

    5. Amy Shannon

      Favorite poetYes Burns is my favorite poet. My all time favorite poem is "A Red Red Rose". The best part of the poems is that they are written in old English and it brings the feelings to life. In some ways, the past reminds us of a simpler time but tell feelings and emotions are the same. Love. Romance. Lust. Betrayal. Enjoyment of life.

    6. Lea

      This was my favorite of the Harvard Classics so far (I started with Vol. 04). Burns's poetry has a lovely cadence to it, and reading all of it in order, with occasional sojourns to biographical web sources, made me see how the changes in subject matter reflected the evolution of his life's priorities. Among the highlights for me was "A Poet's Welcome to his Love-Begotten Daughter: the First Instance that Entitled Him to the Venerable Appellation of Father," written upon the birth of his first ch [...]

    7. kari

      I've always wanted to read some of Robert Burns poetry. He was one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement in poetry, writing verse in the vernacular of the people and that makes his stuff a wee bit tricky to read. This little collection, thankfully, has a glossary of his words in the back and I'd advise familiarizing yourself with those words before attempting to read his work. Although he is a Scottish speaking/writing poet and we think of Scots as speaking the same as we do, it's almost like [...]

    8. Paul

      "What a pity that the mere emotions of gratitude are so impotent in this world.""But kindness, sweet kindness, in the fond-sparkling e'e, Has lustre outshining the diamond to me;""It ne'er was wealth, it ne'er was wealth, That coft contentment, peace, or pleasure;The bands and bliss o' mutual love,O that's the chiefest warld's treasure.""The deities that I adore Are social Peace and Plenty;""But twenty times I rather would beAn atheist clean,Than under gospel colours hid beJust for a screen."

    9. Drew

      I like digging books out of the canon to see if a work has lasting power ("Goblin Market") or survives primarily in an echo of former greatness ("Paradise Lost"). I'd picked up Robert Burns' "Poems and Songs" some time ago but kept putting off reading it because its dialectic prose looked like Olde English of the driest sort. Boy was I wrong. Burns is hilarious. The opening poem "The Two Dogs" cracked me up and by the book's end, I was reading poems/songs aloud on the subway in a fake Scottish b [...]

    10. Colin

      This is the complete poems and songs and as such is more for the hardcore fan of Burns. There is a glossary at the back but you won't find any complete translations and if you are unfamiliar with the Scots tongue you might find yourself flicking back and forth to make sense of it. Of course you can just read your favourite poems but this book comes into itself as a reference to the complete works of one of the most important poets in the history of civilisation.

    11. Amit

      This book has been lying in the bookshelf of my uncles home for a long time. I've picked it up many times before but was always put off by the Scottish slang. This time though I was determined to go through it and I was glad I did. The few poems that I had read of Burns were great but I unearthed some real gems among the lesser known (atleast outside Scotland) poems. If you can look past the slightly difficult language then it's quite a good read and a great piece of work from a great poet!

    12. Arlo Powell

      Wonderful book! Some of Burns' poems would be perfect for a poetry unit or lesson in the intermediate grades. These poems are a good way to gain insights into Scottish culture. I wouldn't just leave this book lying around the classroom though, some of the poems are more suited for high school aged students.

    13. Alex Kartelias

      Even though I struggled in the beginning with his Scottish dialect, I've grown to find his verses so beautiful. Supposedly the British Romantics were very influenced by him poems and in them lie the main subjects of Romanticism: love of nature and nationalism-among others. Truly inspiring words to feel one with humanity.

    14. Jimmie

      Robert Burns is considered one of Scotland's most beloved son. He was simply known as The Bard. He wrote most of his songs and poems in the Scots language and a Scots dialect. Beautiful, to be sure, but difficult to translate until you start learning the words. Auld Lang Syne is most people's favorite. My favorite was the more patriotic Scots, wha hae. Outstanding!

    15. Peter J.

      I disliked this book. Burns is eloquent and a master of poetry in his thick, often enigmatic Scottish dialect, but employs these great gifts for praising silly things like drink, cursing those he dislikes, even posthumously, and yammering on and on about his romantic interludes with various women. Oh well. At least I can say I forced my way through it.

    16. Kylie Poppen

      the selection and curation of the poems is random at best. still, when you only want to pay $5 for a book of burns poetry to take for a gallivant through scotland, this book has enough of a smattering to whet your appetite.

    17. Ljubomir

      I would have rated a "Best of" edition 4, maybe even 5 stars. Burns has some great poems and songs, which can be witty, positive, sad or funny. But far from all of his poems are that good, and after a while, even read at small doses, the poems in "Complete" edition get too repetitive and formulaic.

    18. Jennifer

      Hard to read, hard to understand, but oh how they connect me with my Scottish heritage. This edition offers a lovely glossary in the back to help with the dialect.

    19. Carlos Rendon

      Decided to give up on it. I enjoyed many of the poems. But I found them difficult to understand and not entertaining enough to hold my interest.

    20. Karen

      Robert Burns is one of my favorite poets. His writings speak to my heritage and create a longing in me for my homeland.

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