Robert Burns | Critical Essay by Thomas Crawford

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Robert Burns.
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Critical Essay by Thomas Crawford

SOURCE: "Poet of the Parish," in Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs, Oliver and Boyd, 1960, pp. 111-46.

In the following essay, Crawford analyzes Burns's attempt at treating local themes in a universal manner in his poetry.

Many poems of Burns's first period embody the experience of a rural community in a way that has rarely been equalled in English. Ever since neolithic times, the settled village has been, next to the family, the most fundamental unit of society; it has survived war and pestilence, flood and famine, the fall of empires and the decline of civilisations. An art which successfully reflects the way of life of such a community will tend to have a universality broader and more general, though not necessarily deeper, than that of any other sort; it will tend to mirror, not what the best...

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