Allan Ramsay Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Fairchild, Hoxie Neale. "Sentimentalism—Severer Cases." In his Religious Trends in English Poetry, pp. 424-87. New York: Columbia University Press, 1939.

Includes a brief discussion of Ramsay's relation to the Romantic Movement and the political and religious beliefs reflected in his poetry.

Gibson, Andrew. New Light on Allan Ramsay. Edinburgh: William Brown, 1927. 152 p.

The first modern biographical and bibliographical study of Ramsay.

Kinghorn, Alexander Manson. "Watson's Choice, Ramsay's Voice and a Flash of Fergusson." Scottish Literary Journal 19, No. 2 (November 1992): 5-23.

Examines Ramsay's use of contemporary and Middle Scots in his poetry.

——, and Alexander Law. Introduction to Poems by Allan Ramsay and Robert Fergusson, pp. vii-xxxiv. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1974.

A brief biographical sketch and critical analysis of Ramsay's work, focusing on his writing in Scots.

——. "Allan Ramsay and Literary Life in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century." In The History of Scottish Literature, Vol. 2, edited by Andrew Cook, pp. 65-79. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1987.

An overview of Ramsay's life, works, and place in Scottish Literature.

MacLaine, Allan H. "The Christis Kirk Tradition: Its Evolution in Scots Poetry to Burns. Part III: The Early Eighteenth Century: Allan Ramsay and His Followers." Studies in Scottish Literature 2, No. 3 (January 1965): 163-82.

Analyzes Ramsay's contributions to the "Christis Kirk" genre as an editor and as an original poet.

McClure, J. Derrick. "Language and Genre in Allan Ramsay's 1721 Poems." In Aberdeen and the Enlightenment: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Aberdeen, edited by Jennifer J. Carter and Joan H. Pittock, pp. 261-69. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1987.

Examines the association between language, metrical form, and genre in the 1721 edition of Ramsay's poems and the influence of Ramsay's use of Scots on later writers.

Smeaton, Oliphant. Allan Ramsay. Edinburgh and London: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1896. 160 p.

An early biography of Ramsay that includes three chapters of critical commentary on his works.

Tennant, William. "The Life of Allan Ramsay" and "Remarks on the Writings of Ramsay." In The Gentle Shepherd: A Pastoral Comedy, by Allan Ramsay, pp. xi-xxx. New York: William Gowans, 1852..

A biographical sketch and brief critical comments on The Gentle Shepherd and Ramsay's other writings.