Burns the Radical: Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Burns the Radical: Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland

by Liam McIlvanney

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Overview

This study of poet Robert Burns's politics uncovers the intellectual context of the poet's political radicalism. Burns is revealed as a sophisticated political poet whose work draws on the democratic, contractarian ideology of Scottish Presbyterianism; the English and Irish Real Whig tradition; and the political theory of the Scottish Enlightenment. Casting new light on the poet's education and his early reading, this book provides detailed new readings of Burns's major poems and offers research on Burns's links with Irish poets and radicals, providing a major reinterpretation of the man who is coming to be recognized as the poet laureate of the radical Enlightenment.

Author Biography: Liam McIlvanney is a lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781862321779
Publisher: Tuckwell Press Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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