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D brief revelation of its source There is nothing very remarkable in the story though it could serve as color for a similar but extended and active tale Death of the Laird s Jock is as fascinating for its introduction as it is for the tale itself The introduction shares of Bernard Gilpin a Protestant clergyman in the Scots border areas who was horrified to see a mailed gauntlet hanging above an altar in challenge to those who would defy its position Gilpin felt it was sacrilege placing one s own prowess at arms versus the might of God Upon being told that removing the gauntlet consisted of a challenge to the mightiest knight in the region Gilpin informed all who would listen that he himself had removed the gauntlet The knight was too ashamed to challenge the clergyman Hence the sanctuary was restored to its symbolic purpose in pointing toward GodThe eponymous protagonist of this story was of course named Jock He was distinguished from other s with this common name by being identified as The Laird s Jock essentially The lord s son Jock In some ways this may well be an etiological tale for the origin of a place known as Laird s Jock s stone Alas the resolution here is also uite predictable but the redeeming uality is that it provides an easily re worked set up for a new artifact in game design and story for my writers group Popular in its own time as an evocative depiction of the age of chivalry in the ScottishEnglish borderlands it is now of interest mainly for its place in Scott s personal aesthetic development and the development of Romanticism and the Gothic There is a pull to the epic verse that draws the reader ever on though I often found myself drifting out of making any coherence of the plot It is largely a bravado act of historical drag as Scott convincingly passes for a medieval minstrel delivering a border romance What did such anachronism mean to modern readers at the height of the Napoleonic Wars No doubt it must be read both as a major contribution to the Gothic aesthetic and a work of Romantic nationalism imagining a new ancient literature to ground a sense of Scottish identity Like so much of this nascent nationalistic literature it is uintessentially paradoxical patriotic even as it is melancholic or nostalgic looking forward by way of looking backward It was so refreshing to return to early 19th c poetry I truly enjoyed Scott s The Lay of the Last Minstrel It was an interesting story of romance border clashes and even a little sorcery In Canto II we hear of two stealing into a crypt at night to pry a book of magic from a dead man s grip The rhythm of this poem is very fast I felt pulled through the whole work instead of only reading my wayBut my initial draw to this work and one that still remains strongly within me was in the first stanza of the 6th cantoHigh though his titles proud his nameBoundless his wealth as wish can claim Despite those titles power and pelfThe wretch concerted all in selfLiving shall forfeit fair renownAnd doubly dying shall go downTo the vile dust from whence he sprungUnwept unhonoured and unsungp 176 A great epic gothic style poem I got a little lost within the poem and relied a lot on the footnotes to figure out what was going on Highly recommend Peter Tucker s audiobook for Librivox coming soon to the catalog for free download The writing is amazing But the story s kinda weird I actually know Walter Wat Scott Of Buccleuch and his widow Janet Beaton from the phenomenal Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett so I wasn t going into this cold But Writer Scott throws some creepy gothic elements into the story ala Christabel from what I ve read of feuding border families So there s witchery a secret book of magic and a goblin page who kidnaps children I felt these elements were distracting but that might be because they were so unexpected The poem opens with a frame story of the old minstrel repaying kindnessshelter with a story then uickly gets into the murder of Wat Scott of Buccleuch and its effect on the star crossed lovers Margaret and Henry Cranston Overall I loved this and am duly impressed by the things which make up a long narrative poem the rhyme and rhythm How do they do that. This work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.
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Pline to work through but are occasionally enlighteningThe novel I finished just before this one Gregory s Lady of the Rivers refers to the ghost of a black dog which haunts Eleanor Cobham in Peel Castle on the Isle of Man Imagine my surprise when a two and half page footnote by Scott from 1805 referred to the exact same phenomenon without even mentioning Cobham If one was to read only one of Scott s narrative poems this is the one so far in my reading I d recommend Formatting issues make this unreadableThis kindle version is unreadable as the formatting is all over the place words are replaced with symbols in many places etc etc It s been a while since I made the effort to read an epic poem but I m glad I read this one Since Melrose Abbey plays a tremendous role in this story I wish I d read it before I visited Melrose Abbey on my way to Edinburgh one ear My stop was merely a brief meditative side trek on a pilgrimage designed to visit Middleham Castle and Barnard Castle as part of my fascination with Richard IIIThis epic is the story of a lady who is trying to avoid being married off to one of the enemies of her late husband She sends a messenger to Melrose Abbey to recover a tome of disconcerting magic For this will be St Michael s nightAnd though stars be dim the moon is bright And the Cross of bloody redWill point to the grave of the mighty dead One of the great surprises to me was that this was the poem with the famous line Breathes there the man with soul so deadWho never to himself hath saidThis is my own my native landWhose heart hath ne er within him burn dAs home his footsteps he hath turn dFrom wandering on a foreign strandIf such there breathe go mark him well For him no Minstrel raptures swell High though his titles proud his nameBoundless his wealth as wish can claim Despite those titles power and pelfThe wretch concentred all in selfLiving shall forfeit fair renown And doubly dying shall go downTo the vile dust from whence he sprungUnwept unhonor d and unsung Of course I felt like the trading of sagas by the various minstrels at the wedding felt like filler and I suppose it was but Scott certainly did a good job of capturing the idea of an old minstrel straining his voice and continuing to retune his old warped harp in order to try to hold his noble audience On the other hand I particularly enjoyed Scott s reuse of religious ritual like the reuiem s Dies irae or the reverse apocalypse where the parched scroll of the flaming heavens closes rather than opening to contrast with the mysterious appearance of the dead at a vital point in the epic I thought the whole ending was an anti climax howeverAs for the stories My Aunt Margaret s Mirror is a remembrance of the author s spinster aunt That the real aunt was a little eccentric could be demonstrated by her propensity to read from a lit taper resting in a human skull When one night the skull moved seemingly of its own accord and landed on the floor said aunt was sharp enough to discover that a rat had infiltrated her memento mori and caused it to move according to its own or in this case the rat s designsIronically the aunt in this story is rather disposed to superstition and seems unlikely to have uncovered such a phenomenon as the real aunt exposed Her reticence to look in her looking glass of an evening as though the specter of death itself might be lurking in the shadows behind her or some ghostly apparition should use the large mirror as a portal into the living world forms an integral part of the storyMy favorite line in the story was occasionally prefer the twilight of illusion to the steady light of reason This seems appropriate in that the story shares of an Italian doctor with unexpectedly Protestant leanings had a propensity for dabbling in the darker arts He used a mirror to divine or scrye the fate of a husband in foreign military service At this point the story seemed most interesting but the remainder served as an anti climax The Tapestried Chamber involves a general returned from the American War of Independence who discovers that an old school chum has inherited an amazing estate As would be expected there is the anticipated nocturnal visitation an. Tions introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe.
Alas Fair dames our hopes are vainMy harp has lost the enchanting strainIts lightness would my age reproveMy hairs are grey my limbs are oldMy heart is dead my veins are cold I many not must not sing of loveCanto II XXXThe only book I ve read not for school that was not written in prose and was not poetry Very interesting After having finally finished setting up my online course for Early British Literature The rhythm and images that weave this tale don t allow for pause They push forward in a sing song to tell the tale of forbidden love and border war traditional themes that appear in a simple and detailed way Between Cantos simple explanations of what is about to occur appear which are useful but also spoil the coming action Overall a uick and fun read from the 1800s A very well done narrative poem from 1805 before Scott embarked on his novels of the Waverley series It is set in the mid 16th century and in his preface the author claims that the description of scenery and manners was the object of the Author than a combined and regular narrative After being somewhat underwhelmed by his MarmionLady of the Lake I semi groaned when reading this as background color seemed to tower over foreground action in these other narrative poems However I was pleasantly surprisedBranksome Hall is the home of the house of Buccleuch headed by the Ladye Surnamed Scott they are moss warriors borderers or honestly brigands Eternally feuding with the Kerrs they inhabit a territory known as the Disputed Land ie lands which both Scotland and England claimed The real story though as told by an elderly wandering minstrel is of the love between the Scott daughter Margaret and Baron Cranstoun who is unfortunately of English descent This Romeo and Juliet type situation is secondary to the machinations of one of Scott s characteristically imaginative creations an impish dwarf servant to the Baron and continual maker of rather vicious mischiefWIlliam of Delomaine one of the Scottish clan gets a book of magic from Melrose AbbeyThere is a violent encounter between him and Cranstoun A wounded body is left outside Branksome Hall a child is abducted and abandoned in the surrounding forests another child in the Hall starts misbehaving rather badly Margaret sees her lover appear within the halls of his purported enemy s home War clouds gather as do clans from the surrounding vicinity as an English army of 3000 men approaches A singular challenge is made for a one on one trial of strength between a wronged English lord and the alleged slayer of his brother Magical revelations are made at the conclusion of this contest and a resolution made to the thwarted love affairAll in all a galloping good storyBut this story is secondary to its teller the charming minstrel of the title In his own words My hairs are grey my limbs are oldMy heart is dead my veins are coldI may not must not sing of love A former warrior himself he has lost his only son in battle He proves himself to be partial to both wine and praise and the beginning and concluding stanzas of each of the poem s six cantos show Scott s profound respect for the tradition followed by such men When he dies the Maid the Knight the Chief all the protagonists of his verses will remain unknown To uote one of the poem s many paeans to this craftHis legendary song can tellOf ancient deeds so long forgot Of feuds whose memory was not Of forests now laid waste and bare Of towers which harbor now the hare Of manners long since chang d and goneOf chiefs who under their grey stoneSo long had slept that fickle fameHad blotted from her rolls their nameAnd twines round some new minion s headThe fading wreath for which they bledIn sooth twas strange this old man s verseCould call them from their marble hearseThe only fault making me give this work four rather than five stars is Scott s antiuarian tendencies to indulge himself in truly ponderous footnotes Each of the six cantos has a verse section of around 600 lines followed by an average of ten pages of tightly single spaced footnotes relating tales anecdotes expostulations and whatnot related to the many and varied proper nouns of the poem They certainly reuire a lot of disci. This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for uality uality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfec.
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Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Sir Walter Alva Scott was born on August 15 1771 in Edinburgh Scotland Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent dram