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SCOTNOTES Study Guides


Kenneth Simpson

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1994
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-22-3

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Robert Burns is perhaps Scotland’s foremost cultural icon, and is the world’s most widely celebrated poet. Sometimes his fame – and his face on all those teatowels – stands in the way of an appreciation of the sheer scope of his genius. Although occasionally derided by ignorant and unthinking persons as “doggerel”, Burns’s poetry contains great depths of humanity, philosophy, humour and rare beauty.

Kenneth Simpson’s Scotnote provides students with a brief and authoritative introduction to Burns, his life and his work.


  • Myth and poet
  • Poet and community
  • Satire and sentiment
  • The poet’s voices
  • Burns and the supernatural
  • Burns and song
  • References
  • Bibliography
  • Index of poems and songs


Last updated 19 October 2010.