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Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

by Robert Burns

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The editor/compiler, James Barke, seems to grasp the importance of Burns -- describing his as a "many-sided genius" and selecting so many examples. Still, he fails to link the artist/thinker culture-warrior to the great Liberal movement of which Burns is one of the Founders. He lets the fury fade -- and crosses it -- with the "Jacobin" references.

Not only is this poetry loved, it is universally loved. The editor/compiler notes the following:

There is no more flaming satire than "Holy Willie's Prayer".
There is no greater tale than "Tam o' Shanter".
"If a Man's a Man for a' that" is the Marseillaise of humanity,
and "Auld Lang Syne" is the world's "national" anthem.
There is no more tender love song than "O, My Luve's like a red, red rose".
There is no finer epistle than "Epistle to Davie" [152]
There is nothing in world literature to equal the shattering, liberating cosmology of "Love and Liberty". [1]

Burns laughed the Devil out of Hell "(and-- more difficult--banished him from Scots Presbyterian theology)" and then took pity on Him.

He is the "first poet of common humanity" and "the first to transcend poetry". Does Barke go over the top to say "...there can be no greater poet than Burns"? [10] Where Barke goes overboard is to claim that Burns despised those "who put their trust in party politicians". Not at all -- Burns despised the plutocrats who corrupted the people's representatives. Burns is not a hater of "Government". Burns is a rising Liberal repuke to the plutocrats and the ignorant white males used by the plutocrats to keep themselves in power. This book contains so many, so many examples! "Man to man the world o'er, shall brithers be for a' that."

Of course, Barke is exactly right that Burns wrote for those whose home is in the heart: "The heart ay's the part ay that makes us right or wrang".

The last item:

"ON THE AUTHOR : He who of Rankine sang {in reply to an obituary, p. 246; and Epistle to John Rankine p 152}, lies stiff and deid, And a green, grassy hillock hides his heid: Alas! alas! a devilish change indeed!" ( )
  keylawk | Mar 15, 2013 |
Fantastic collection of a fantastic poet's work: much better and more complete than anything else out there I've seen. It's worth tracking down if you're a Burns fan. ( )
  kelsiface | Sep 24, 2010 |
Excellent edition of poetry with biographical details and glossary; Souvenir Edition, 1969, in excellent condition with cover. ISBN number given is printed on dustcover, the last digit is probably capital i not 1 ( )
  aardvaarkcreative | Dec 20, 2007 |
With Glossary, and Index of Titles/First Lines.
  keylawk | May 4, 2007 |
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Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others, this is my criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, this is my measure of iniquity. Burns.
To George Maine: A man cannot be measured by the colour of his skin, or by his speech, or by his clothes and jewels, but only by his heart.
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When lyart [withered] leaves bestrow the yird [yard/ground],
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192811142, Paperback)

This edition offers to the student and general reader a complete and authoritative text of all Burns's acknowledged work, and of poems reasonably attributed to him, based on a critical review of all the accessible manuscripts and early printings. The identifiable airs for the songs are included in the 18th-century form, and there is a Glossary, a Chronology, and a Bibliography.

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