Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Canongate Burns

250 years ago today our national poet Rabbie Burns was born...............

Review of book Word Power Books Edinburgh

"Drawing on extensive scholarship and the poet's own inimitable letters, this edition offers a wealth of information on Burns's life, the hardships of his early days, his political beliefs, his hatred of injustice, and his fate as a writer too often sentimentalized by biographers and critics.

Through his poetry, and as if for the first time, we see Burns as a radical figure in a British as well as a Scottish context, the peer of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Byron in the revolutionary and repressive world of the 1790s.

Containing recently attributed and never-before-published poems demonstrating that the poet's political sympathies were more radical than he could safely put his name to in public, The Canongate Burns also includes the sexually scandalous verses known as "The Merry Muses, " originally circulated only in handwritten copies.
This major and definitive edition offers vitally fresh insights into the irreverent spirit and the democratic convictions of Scotland's greatest poet."

Yes, if Burns was around today he would be a member of Save Our Old Town....even his greatest inspiration Robert Ferguson loves the Canongate so much he`s been immortalised here, and when we pass him everyday he says keep going with Save Our Old Town, Auld Reekie needs you!

Enjoy a Parcel O Rouges in a Nation by The Corries about the rotten burroughs and the law makers of the time, not too far removed from what we experience today