The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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9780007202348: The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

The Poetry of Burns' (1759-96) is characterised by its disarming honesty and humanity, and by the poet's remarkable lyric gift. Angry or compassionate, sentimental or satirical, romantic or bawdy, Burns's poetry transcends the Scottish dialect in which it is written to speak to all of us. This specially commissioned recording, available for the first time on CD, offers a wide-ranging choice of Burns's songs and lyrical poems; and longer poems such as 'Tam o'Shanter', and 'The Cotter's Saturday Night' are also included in their entirety. All are read by John Cairney, world-famous for his many stage and television performances of the life and work of Scotland's national bard. Lovers of Burns's poetry will find much to enjoy in this selection, which also provides an extensive introduction for those as yet unfamiliar with his work

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Famous 18th-century Scottish poet and lyricist. Widely recognized as the national poet of Scotland, Burns is also celebrated as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement. His poetry covers a broad colourful spectrum and is noteworthy for its intensity and sincerity.

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One of the most vigorous and accessible of English-language poets, Robert Burns, writing in his native Scots dialect, intended his compositions to be recited and sung. This recording, therefore, is most welcome, particularly for us Yanks, who have little familiarity with the sounds of the Highlands. John Cairney and a pair of musicians serve up 20 poems and lyrics with considerable verve and flair. For comprehension, the listener is advised to follow along with the texts. Y.R. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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