Robert Burns | Critical Essay by Allan H. MacLaine

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Robert Burns.
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Critical Essay by Allan H. MacLaine

SOURCE: "The Christis Kirk Tradition: Its Evolution in Scots Poetry to Burns, Part IV," in Studies in Scottish Literature, Vol. II, No. 4, April, 1965, pp. 234-50.

In the following excerpt, MacLaine analyzes Burns's use of the Christis Kirk genre, which he describes as a "distinctively Scottish genre … [which well demonstrates [Burns's] ability to make distinguished poetry out of the most ordinary stuff of life."]

It would seem almost inevitable that Burns, ardent student of Scots poetry that he was, would sooner or later try his hand at the Christis Kirk genre. As a matter of fact, he produced six substantial poems more or less closely related to the genre, a group of poems which, taken together, represent the last brilliant flowering and culmination of the Christis Kirk tradition. These poems were all composed in the years 1785 and 1786, the...

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