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Some Poems   By: (1771-1832)

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Some Poems by Walter Scott is a collection of lyrical verses that transport readers to a bygone era filled with chivalry, romance, and the rich tapestry of Scottish history. Known primarily for his prose, Scott showcases his lesser-known talent for poetry in this delightful compilation.

One of the highlight pieces in this collection is "The Lay of the Last Minstrel," a narrative poem that tells the story of a wandering bard who recounts tales of love and adventure. Through vivid descriptions and rhythmic verses, Scott expertly paints a vivid picture of the Scottish countryside, bringing the reader along on a captivating journey.

Another noteworthy selection is "The Lady of the Lake," an epic poem that centers around the ethereal figure of Ellen Douglas. Scott's mastery of imagery shines through in this piece as he skillfully captures the beauty and mystery of the Scottish Highlands. The poem's rhythmic cadences add to its enchanting allure, immersing the reader in the world of knights, damsels, and treacherous quests.

Scott's talents also extend to shorter lyrical pieces that explore themes of love, nature, and patriotism. Poems such as "Lochinvar" and "Patriotism" showcase his ability to craft emotive verses that tug at the heartstrings. With their lyrical flow and poignant messages, these poems underscore Scott's skill as a wordsmith.

What sets Some Poems apart is its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia. In an era of rapid modernization, Scott's poetry serves as a window into the past, transporting readers to a time when honor, bravery, and courtly love reigned supreme. With each turn of the page, readers are transported to a different time and place, captivated by Scott's lyrical prowess.

However, there are a few drawbacks to this collection. Some of the longer narrative poems may drag on for readers who prefer shorter, more concise pieces of poetry. Additionally, the language, while beautiful, may feel archaic to modern readers, requiring a bit of effort to fully appreciate and understand.

In conclusion, Some Poems by Walter Scott is a remarkable collection that showcases the talents of this acclaimed Scottish writer. With a diverse range of subjects, from tales of knights and ladies to passionate odes to nature, Scott's poetry captures the essence of a bygone era. Whether you are a fan of historical literature or simply appreciate the power of intricately woven words, this collection is sure to captivate and inspire.

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Contents: Introduction by Henry Morley. The Vision of Don Roderick The Field of Waterloo The Dance of Death Romance of Dunois The Troubadour Pibroch of Donald Dhu


Since there is room in this volume for more verses than Colonel Hay's {1}, I have added to them a few poems by Sir Walter Scott; the first written in 1811 at the time of the struggle with Napoleon in the Peninsula, the second in 1815, after Waterloo. Thus there is over all this volume a thin haze of battle through which we see only the finer feelings and the nobler hopes of man. The day is to come when war shall be no more, but wars have been and may again be necessary to bring on that day; and it is of such war, not untinged with the light of heaven, that we have passing shadows in this little book.

"The Vision of Don Roderick; a Poem, by Walter Scott, Esq.," was printed at Edinburgh by James Ballantyne & Co. in 1811. They are the present representatives of that firm by whom it is here reprinted. It was originally inscribed "to John Whitmore, Esq., and to the Committee of Subscribers for relief of the Portuguese Sufferers, in which he presides," as a "poem composed for the benefit of the Fund under their management."

The Legend of Don Roderick will be given in the next volume of our "Companion Poets," for Robert Southey founded upon it a Romantic Tale in Verse, which is one of the best tales of the kind in the English language... Continue reading book >>

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