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By Matthew Campbell, Michael Perraudin

‘The Voice of the folk’ provides a sequence of essays on literary points of the ecu folks revival of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, and specializes in key practices of antiquarianism: the position that amassing and enhancing performed within the formation of ethnological examine within the eu academy; and the enterprise of publishing and enhancing, which produced many ‘folkloric’ texts of doubtful authenticity. the quantity additionally provides new readings of assorted genres, together with the epic, track, story and novel, and contributes to the learn of numerous an important eu literary figures. peculiarly, it investigates the good nameless authors of the ecu people culture – in narrative and lyric artwork – and their relation to the cultural routine and imagined identities of the peoples of the rising nineteenth-century eu nation.

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Tam o’ Shanter, in Kinsley, II, 321, 560, ll. 89–96. , ll. 115–142. , ll. 205–224. The italicization of tail/tale is mine. ’ The facility of Burns in footnoting the superstitious practices of his compatriots had a precedent and something of an apotheosis in the poem ‘Halloween’ (1786; Kinsley, I, 152–163). 1 (1985), 16–38; Sampson cites on 34: The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, ed. W. J. B. Owen and Jane Worthington Smyser, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon, 1974), III, 125. 1 (1986), 5–20. Chapter 3 THE CLASSICAL FORM OF THE NATION: THE CONVERGENCE OF GREEK AND FOLK FORMS IN CZECH AND RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN THE 1810S David L.

By the poem’s tenth syllable, what may have been a dominant modal tension between the register of epic and mock-epic is subsumed by what becomes a more abiding tension: that between the appearance on the page, and sound to the ear, of a standard English derived from the post-Restoration poetic settlement, and a Scots lexis rooted in the southwestern dialect of Burns and his contemporaries. The effect is sophisticated and unsettling: the poem’s voice is not stable. The epigraph’s voice (John Milton, via the poem’s scriptor) is simply not the same as that of the apostrophising narrator.

Satan is a familiar figure, literally a monster under the stairs, under the ‘hatches’. The reader, too, is cast as part of a household. Disarmed and as passive as a familiar friend, the reader is led by a narrative voice to which or whom we lend time, a voice intent on building us into the self-deprecating conceit of his own credulity. This last turn likewise prefigures Tam o’ Shanter, and is a complicated sleight 24 THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE of hand. ) and nor is it on us. Rather, it is directed at a self-deprecating version of the narrator whose persona is managed in turn by the literary sophisticate not of the epigraph, and not of the apostrophe, but rather a presumed literary sophisticate who exists at a meta-level: a voice imagined by us, even as it is shaping us.

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