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Selected Poems and Songs (Oxford Worlds Classics)


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Publisher Comments:

'The Poetic Genius of my Country...bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and rural pleasures of my natal Soil, in my native tongue.'

Many of the poems and songs of Robert Burns (1759-96) are familiar to readers the world over: lyrical, acerbic, comic, bawdy, democratic. They include 'To a Mouse', 'John Anderson my Jo', 'A red red Rose', 'Auld lang syne', 'Tam o 'Shanter' and many more, whose vernacular energy and simple beauty have ensured lasting popularity.

This generous new selection offers Burns's work as it was first encountered by contemporary readers, presenting the texts in the contexts in which they were originally published. It reproduces the whole of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published at Kilmarnock in 1786, the volume which made Burns famous; and it reunites a generous selection of songs from The Scots Musical Museum and A Select Collection of Scottish Airs with their full scores. Comprehensive notes describe the circumstances in which other poems and songs found their way into print, both before and after the poet's death. The edition also includes some important letters, and a full glossary to explain Scots words.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the Author

Robert P. Irvine has written on Jane Austen and is the editor of The Edinburgh Anthology of Scottish Literature, 2 vols. (Kennedy and Boyd, 2009), and R. L. Stevenson's Prince Otto for the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (forthcoming).

Table of Contents



Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Kilmarnock 1786)

from Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh 1787)

Songs from The Scots Musical Museum

Song from A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs, for the Voice (1798-9)

Other poems and songs published in Burns's lifetime

Other poems and songs published posthumously


Appendix 1: from the Letters

Appendix 2: contemporary reviews of the Kilmarnock Poems


Further Reading

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

Burns, Robert
Oxford University Press, USA
Irvine, Robert P.
Burns, Robert R.
General Poetry
Literature/English | Poetry | World
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
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5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in 0.75 lb

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