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    Allan Ramsay (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814. Excerpt: ... THE LIFE OF ALLAN RAMSAY. Although many of Ramsay's poems are faithfully drawn from nature, and contain correct and humorous descriptions of life and manners, as they were exhibited to him at the beginning of the eighteenth century, and, in so far, are of considerable importance in the domestic history of Scotland: the Gentle Shepherd is the work on which his celebrity rests, and the interest in the particulars of its author's life depends. Burns, though his superior in pathos, fire, and elegance: in throwing out a short-lived flash of genius: and in the freedom, boldness, and taste, with which he could beautifully, and sometimes humorously, paint a single image, or incident: seems to have been incapable of producing A a composition of length, or which required much investigation, or ingenuity. In the delineation of appropriate and natural scenery: of characters with suitable dialogues and modes of life, either separately seasoned with humour, or wrought into a connected, probable, and interesting fable: he falls so far behind him, as to render comparison absurd. Making every reasonable allowance for his faults, and staking his merits on the powers required in the writer of his Pastoral Comedy alone, Ramsay, therefore, must still be held to be the first in value, as well as the most entertaining of all our Scotish Poets. In a Life of our author, prefixed to a late London edition of his Works in two volumes, printed by A. Strahan in 180O, his genealogy has been diligently traced up to the noble family of Ramsay, Earls of Dalhousie. This is, however, of very little importance in the history of genius, unless it had been the mean of drawing it from obscurity. To mark their elevation, may be agreeable, as well as flattering: but, to follow the steps by which ...
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  • PDF | 88 pages
  • Allan Ramsay (Author)
  • General Books LLC (4 Feb. 2012)
  • English
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