Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Buchan, John. "Certain Poets: Scots Vernacular Poetry." In Homilies and Recreations, pp. 261-72. 1926. Reprint. Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1969.

Chronicles the evolution of Scots, focusing on its revival and preservation in eighteenth-century Scottish literature and its subsequent deterioration.

Craig, David. Scottish Literature and the Scottish People, 1680-1830. London: Chatto & Windus, 1961, 340 p.

Cross-disciplinary "'social history' of literature" exploring especially the cultural environment that produced the vernacular revival.

Crawford, Thomas. "Scottish Popular Ballads and Lyrics of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: Some Preliminary Conclusions." Studies in Scottish Literature 1, No. 1 (July 1963): 49-63.

Surveys Scottish manuscripts, broadsides, and songbooks of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to explore the popular song of Scotland during that time.

Cunningham, Allan. The Songs of Scotland, Ancient and Modern. 1825. Reprint. 4 vols. New York: AMS Press, 1975.

Four-volume anthology of Scottish poetry, including an extensive introduction and critical discussion of Scotland's major poets from King James V to Sir Alexander Boswell.

Freeman, F. W. "The Intellectual Background of the Vernacular Revival before Burns." In Studies in Scottish Literature, vol. XVI, edited by G. Ross Roy, pp. 97-109. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1981.

Views the Scots Vernacular Revival as a movement typical of eighteenth-century European thought.

Henderson, T. F. Scottish Vernacular Literature, a Succinct History. 3d rev. ed. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1910, 462 p.

History of Scottish vernacular literature from its beginnings in the thirteenth century to its "death" in the mid-nineteenth century.

MacQueen, John. "Literature, Science and Improvement: Ramsay, Thomson and Smollett." In The Enlightenment and Scottish Literature, Volume 1: Progress and Poetry, pp. 55-66. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1982.

Argues that the literature of Ramsay, Thomson, and Smollett reveals a celebration of the industrial revolution and a strain of animosity toward rural Scotland.

Speirs, John. The Scots Literary Tradition, an Essay in Criticism. Reprint. London: Faber and Faber, 1962, 229 p.

Discussion of Scottish literature from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. Each chapter focuses on a specific movement, figure, or work; the chapter on "The Scottish Ballads" is included in the above entry.