A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature

A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature Based on four broadcast talks this essay presents a Scottish poet s interpretation of the essential nature of the Scots tradition as being a popular rather than a literary one It seeks to define the

  • Title: A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature
  • Author: Sydney Goodsir Smith
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  • Page: 214
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  • A Short Introduction to Scottish Literature

    Based on four broadcast talks, this essay presents a Scottish poet s interpretation of the essential nature of the Scots tradition as being a popular rather than a literary one It seeks to define the peculiar characteristics of the literature of Scotland from its beginnings to the present day to define that part of the tradition which is particularly Scottish, that essenBased on four broadcast talks, this essay presents a Scottish poet s interpretation of the essential nature of the Scots tradition as being a popular rather than a literary one It seeks to define the peculiar characteristics of the literature of Scotland from its beginnings to the present day to define that part of the tradition which is particularly Scottish, that essence, or temper, or quiddity which, whenever it has been neglected or smothered, has resulted in a period of sterility.Goodsir Smith draws his examples from three fairly distinct periods firstly, the period up to the Union of the Crowns in 1603, secondly, the eighteenth century revival continuing into the early nineteenth century in the work of Walter Scott and his contemporaries and thirdly, after a glance at the desert of the nineteenth century, the literary movement of the twentieth century.

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    1. Graeme Purves

      In this essay, based on four radio broadcasts, Sydney Goodsir Smith focuses on the “golden age” of the fifteenth and sixteenth century Makars, the late eighteenth and early nineteenth Century literary revival of Burns, Scott and their contemporaries, and the twentieth century Scottish Renaissance, with particular emphasis on literary Scots.He argues that the Classical Revival of the Renaissance affected Scotland less than other countries in Western Europe and that, as a consequence, a Mediev [...]

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