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The Auld Doctor and other Poems and Songs in Scots   By: (1867-1946)

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David Rorie's "The Auld Doctor and other Poems and Songs in Scots" is a delightful collection that captures the essence and charm of Scots culture. Through a series of heartfelt and evocative poems and songs, Rorie takes readers on a journey to the rural landscapes of Scotland, where traditions and language flourish.

One of the notable aspects of this collection is Rorie's expert use of the Scots dialect, which adds an authentic touch to the poems and songs. The linguistic style allows readers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Scotland and truly experience the emotions and stories being conveyed. Rorie's command over the dialect is evident in the way he effortlessly weaves together verses that reflect everyday life, love, nature, and even a touch of humor.

The strength of Rorie's writing lies in his ability to evoke strong emotions. Each poem and song is filled with vivid imagery that transports the reader to the landscapes he describes. Whether it's the rolling hills, babbling brooks, or the cozy cottages, the scenes come alive with Rorie's words. Moreover, his themes of love, loss, and longing resonate deeply with the reader, leaving a lasting impact.

"The Auld Doctor" stands out in the collection as a particularly moving and thought-provoking piece. It narrates the story of an elderly doctor who dedicated his life to caring for others but now finds himself lonely and reflective in his old age. The poem captures the bittersweet reality of life, beautifully illustrating the complexities of human existence. Rorie's ability to create empathy for the characters through his words is truly commendable.

Furthermore, the inclusion of songs adds a musical element to the collection. These pieces, written in traditional Scots melodies, enhance the reading experience and invite readers to engage with the words on a deeper level. Rorie's lyrical prowess and rhythm make each song a memorable journey.

While the collection is a celebration of Scottish culture and language, it is not exclusive to those familiar with Scots dialect. Rorie's writing style is accessible and inviting, making it enjoyable for a broader audience. The translation provided alongside each poem and song helps bridge any language gaps, ensuring that everyone can appreciate the beauty of Rorie's work.

In conclusion, "The Auld Doctor and other Poems and Songs in Scots" by David Rorie is an impressive collection that captures the essence of Scots culture. With its strong command of dialect, evocative imagery, and emotional depth, this book is a captivating journey through the heart and soul of Scotland. Rorie's ability to weave language and music together showcases his talent as a poet, making this collection a must-read for those seeking an authentic portrayal of Scottish life.

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THE AULD DOCTOR AND OTHER POEMS AND SONGS IN SCOTS

BY DAVID RORIE M.D.

NOTE "The Lum Hat wantin' the Croon" is published, with music, by Mr. R. W. Pentland, Edinburgh, and it also appears in The British Students' Song Book along with "The Pawky Duke." This latter first appeared in St. Andrews University Bazaar Book, and is included in Seekers after a City. "Macfadden and Macfee" was contributed to Aberdeen University Alma Mater, and has been reprinted in Alma Mater Anthology. Various of the other verses have appeared in The Edinburgh Medical Journal and The Caledonian Medical Journal. D. R.

Not mine to let the hair grow long, and talk In raptured accents of the Higher Things, Of all the purple Polyanthus bears, And beating wings. (Oh no! Nothing of that sort!)

Ne'er have I languished on the lower slopes Of sweet Parnassus in the thrice dead years, Chanting in fathoms of the fathomless To kindred ears. (Certainly not! No time for it!)

Nor mine the gift O, gilded gift and grand! To linger near the murmur of the Nine, To mouth in music of the meaningless, Nay! Never mine! (That's so! Quite!)

But here to han'le the auld crambo clink On hame owre themes weel kent by Galen's tribe, Regairdless o' what ither fowk may think Or ca' the scribe! (Ay! That's aboot it noo!)

CONTENTS

THE AULD DOCTOR THE CRAMBO CLINK THE LUM HAT WANTIN' THE CROON THE PAWKY DUKE MACFADDEN AND MACFEE TAM AND THE LEECHES THE HOWDIE DAYLICHT HAS MONY EEN THE BANE SETTER BRITHERS THE CYNIC THE NICHT THAT THE BAIRNIE CAM' HAME HUMAN NATUR' ANG BANG PANG THE SPEESHALIST ISIE THE HYPOCHONDRIAC THE AULD CARLE THE FEE HERE ABOOTS DROGGIE THE WEE DRAP THE TRICKSTER

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