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Burns the Radical By Liam McIlvanney

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In this text, the author looks behind the trivializing image of the "heav'n-taught ploughman" to uncover the intellectual context of the poet's political radicalism.

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Burns the Radical: Politics and Poetry in Late Eighteenth-century Scotland by Liam McIlvanney

In this text, the author looks behind the trivializing image of the "heav'n-taught ploughman" to uncover the intellectual context of the poet's political radicalism. He reveals Burns as a sophisticated political poet whose work draws on a range of intellectual resources: the democratic, contactarian ideology of Scottish Peresbyterianism, the English and Irish "Real Whig" tradition, and the political theory of the Scottish Enlightenment. Throwing light on the poet's education and his early reading, Liam McIlvanney provides detailed readings of Burn's major poems. The book also offers research on Burns's links with Irish poets and radicals, providing a radical interpretation of the man who is coming to be recognized as the poet laureate of the radical Enlightenment.

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GOR002227275
Burns the Radical: Politics and Poetry in Late Eighteenth-century Scotland by Liam McIlvanney
Liam McIlvanney
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Birlinn General
2002-08-01
220
1862321779
9781862321779
Short-listed for Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award 2002
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