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A Night Out with Robert Burns

The Greatest Poems

Robert Burns author Andrew O'Hagan editor


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:4th Jan '18

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The Scottish poet Robert Burns has been idolised and eulogised. He has been sainted, painted, tarted-up and toasted. He is famous as the author of 'Auld Lang Syne', and he has long been the patron saint of the heartsore and the hungover. But what about the poems? Beneath the cult of Burns Nights and patriotic yawps, there is the work itself, among the purest and most truthful created in any age.

This is a Burns collection like no other, introduced, arranged and contextualised by the award-winning novelist and essayist Andrew O'Hagan. Above all, it is an accessible edition made for the pleasure of reading that brings Burns' timeless work to full, riotous, colourful life.

There is probably no better modern introduction to Burns' work . . . A triumph * * Herald * *
Presents Burns as a poet infinitely worth reading * * Daily Telegraph * *
People who find it hard to get into Burns have the answer to their prayers in this book . . . presented in a way that Burns himself would have enjoyed - letting the poems chime and rhyme with the debates that surround us in the world today -- Ewan McGregor
O'Hagan strips away the sentimentality which continues to cling to Burn's coat-tails and offers him to us at his very best - political, passionate, incisive and expressive - with biographical and textual notes that greatly enrich the reader's experience * * Guardian * *

The way Burns sounded, his choice of words, his rhymes and metaphors,
all that collapsed the distance I expected to feel between myself and
the schoolbook poetry I encountered first at Anahorish Elementary
School . . . He did not fail the Muse or us or himself as one of poetry's
chosen instruments

-- Seamus Heaney
Picking out his favourite Burns poems, [O'Hagan] explains why each of them still matters, either personally or politically, with the lucidity one has come to expect from one of the leading Scottish essayists and novelists of his generation * * Scotsman * *

ISBN: 9781786891617

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 15mm

Weight: 191g

256 pages

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