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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

The Poetry of

Ronald D. S. Jack

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1997
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-32-2

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Along with his contemporary Robert Henryson, William Dunbar is the foremost figure of Scottish medieval literature. Writing as a court poet during the reign of James IV, Dunbar was at the intellectual heart of Scotland’s Renaissance. His poetry is among the greatest in the Scots language: sophisticated, versatile and stylish, the work of a master of considerable literary genius.

Ronald Jack’s Scotnote examines a number of Dunbar’s most important works – The Thrissil and the Rois, The Lament for the Makaris, The Golden Targe, The Twa Mariit Wemen and the Wedo and others – and explains the background, history, language and influences for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Introduction
  • At the Court of James IV
  • Message and Medium: ‘To the Merchantis of Edinburgh’
  • The Ladder of Style: Devilishness, Death and Damian
  • Form and Meaning: of ‘Targe’ and ‘Tretis’


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