‘Living in a World of Death’: Scott’s Narrative Poems

Alison Lumsden

in Walter Scott and the Limits of Language

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651610 | DOI:
‘Living in a World of Death’: Scott’s Narrative Poems

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This chapter focuses on the fiction of Walter Scott, starting with his early narrative poetry. It shows that it is here where Scott makes his first theories on the purpose and nature of literature, the role of the modern writer, and their relationship to national identity and history. It shows that one of the most striking aspects of Scott's poetry is the way he looks at the role of the poet and his relationship to modern society. This chapter determines that the careful exploration of form and its relationship to meaning is characteristic of Scott's fiction.

Keywords: fiction; early narrative poetry; first theories; national identity; modern writer; role of the poet; exploration of form; meaning

Chapter.  13985 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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