W. E. Aytoun

(1813—1865) poet

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is remembered for his share of the Bon Gaultier ballads (1845), and for his Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers (1849). Modelled on Sir W. Scott and Macaulay, these patriotic ballad‐romances were based on stories of Montrose, Dundee, and other Scottish heroes. Aytoun also wrote Firmilian, or The Student of Badajoz (1854), a mock‐tragedy in which he parodied the poems of the Spasmodic school; it played a decisive role in ending the vogue for such works.

Subjects: Literature.

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