The Narrative Poems

Alison Lumsden*, Ainsley McIntosh

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Walter Scott’s poetry has received little critical attention in recent years and there is as yet no modern scholarly edition. Seldom included even in anthologies of Romantic poetry, his poems have been all but written out of critical constructions of Romanticism.¹ This belies their phenomenal popularity at the time of their publication and their influence throughout the nineteenth century (and, through Victorian intermediaries, their continuing presence in twentieth-and twenty-first-century poetry). The de facto critical consensus overlooks Scott’s innovative treatment of the relationship of poetry to the past and to both personal and national identity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780748641307
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2012


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