Robert Burns | Critical Essay by Alan Bold

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Robert Burns.
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Critical Essay by Alan Bold

SOURCE: "Burns and Philosophy," in A Burns Companion, Macmillan, 1991, pp. 109–15, 391–99.

In the following excerpt Bold considers Burns's familiarity with the works and ideas of John Locke, David Hume, and other philosophers.

As a result of the obsequious Preface to the Kilmarnock Edition and Henry Mackenzie's influential description of the poet as a 'Heaven-taught ploughman' (CH, 70) Burns was regarded, by his early readers, as an ignorant man able, by some miracle, to produce poetry. An unsigned notice in the General Magazine and Impartial Review (1787) summed up the position: 'By general report we learn, that R. B. is a ploughboy, of small education' (CH, 88). In fact, by the time the Kilmarnock Edition was published, Burns had read not only the poetry of Pope and Shenstone, not only the fiction of Richardson and Fielding, but the philosophy of John Locke and...

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