Lay of the Last Minstrel

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A poem in six cantos by Sir W. Scott, published in 1805. Scott's first important original work, it is a metrical romance in irregular stanzas (much of it in rhymed octosyllabics) put in the mouth of an ancient minstrel, the last of his race, who bewails the decline of his art and his nation as he tells a Border tale of feud and witchcraft and frustrated love set in the mid‐16th cent.

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Sir Walter Scott (1771—1832) poet and novelist

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