* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Burns’ life and works
* Concise introduction to Burns and his poetry
* The famous TAM O’SHANTER is fully illustrated for your enjoyment
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Special glossary of Scots words to aid your reading of the poems
* Includes Burns’ letters, fully indexed - spend hours exploring the poet's personal correspondence
* Features no less than four biographies, including Carlyle’s scholarly study of the great poet – immerse yourself in Burns’ world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
The Poetry of Robert Burns
ROBERT BURNS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
THE COMPLETE POEMS
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Glossary of Scots Words
THE LETTERS OF ROBERT BURNS
LIFE OF ROBERT BURNS by Thomas Carlyle
THE REAL ROBERT BURNS by J. L. Hughes
ROBERT BURNS by John Campbell Shairp
BRIEF LIFE OF ROBERT BURNS by Allan Cunningham
This new selection by Ian Rankin of verses and lyrics from Scotland’s national poet, the ‘Heaven-taught ploughman’, reveals a writer capable of evoking tremendous sympathetic power from his readers and with an easy, astonishing command of the sounds and rhythms of both standard English and the evocative Scots tongue. It also reveals an artist of incredible range. His ‘Tam O’ Shanter’, with its midnight pursuit of witches from a grisly graveyard dance, is gripping, fantastical and funny in equal measure, ‘Is there for honest poverty’ beautifully expresses the egalitarian spirit by which Burns became a political hero for so many, and sentiments both romantic (‘Ae Fond Kiss’) and bawdy (‘The Fornicator’) co-exist in this canny selection of the best of the Scottish Bard.
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 more.
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.