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Walter Scott and the Limits of Language$
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Alison Lumsden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641536

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641536.001.0001

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

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

(p.42) Chapter 1 ‘Living in a World of Death’: Scott’s Narrative Poems
Walter Scott and the Limits of Language

Alison Lumsden

Edinburgh University Press

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

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