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Sir Walter Scott
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Sir Walter Scott
Who Am I?
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland (1771-1832)
He was a member of a wealthy family, his dad operated a legal firm.
At 18 months he contracted Polio which left him lame in the right leg. He attended Edinburgh High School and studied at Edinburgh University arts and law.In 1797 Scott married Margaret Charlotte Charpenter. They had five children.
Occupations: Lawyer, Deputy Sheriff (County Judge)
Never worked as a poet exclusively
Achievements: Scott's fame grew as his explorations and interpretations of Scottish history and society captured popular imagination. Impressed by this, the Prince Regent (the future George IV) gave Scott permission to search for the fabled but long-lost Crown Jewels ("Honours of Scotland"). Scott and a small team of military men unearthed the honours from the depths of Edinburgh Castle. A grateful Prince Regent granted Scott the title of baronet.
•An Apology for Tales of Terror (1799)
•Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-3)
•The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)
•The Lady of the Lake (1810)
•The Vision of Don Roderick (1811)
•The Bridal of Triermain (1813)
•The Lord of the Isles (1815)
•The Field of Waterloo (1815)
•Harold the Dauntless (1817)
Scott had an extensive list of other works of non-poetical fiction
Scott's philosophy reflected the influence of the enlightenment period. He believed everybody was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a prominent theme in many of his historical works. He advocated social progress without rejecting the traditions of the past. He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, but was still not unjust in portraying merchants, soldiers, and kings.
Scott died in 1832
He was commemorated with a memorial in a public square
He was also included on a stone slab monument of writers
Quotes of his are engraved on government buildings
He appears on Scottish currency
His property is now a museum of his life
Themes often reflected history and social conflicts, such as between Christians and Muslims
Scott's poems were structured traditionally based in his literary education in college
Literary devices typically included rhyme schemes, alliteration, and assonance
''Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer.''
''O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!''
''A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.''
~Sir Walter Scott
Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh
The sun has left the lea,
The orange-flower perfumes the bower,
The breeze is on the sea.
The lark, his lay who trill’d all day,
Sits hush’d his partner nigh;
Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour,
But where is County Guy?
The village maid steals through the shade
Her shepherd’s suit to hear;
To Beauty shy, by lattice high,
Sings high-born Cavalier.
The star of Love, all stars above,
Now reigns o’er earth and sky,
And high and low the influence know—
But where is County Guy?
Ancient Gaelic Melody
Wild thoughts, that, sinful, dark, and deep,
O'erpower the passive mind in sleep,
Pass from the slumberer's soul away,
Like night-mists from the brow of day:
Foul hag, whose blasted visage grim
Smothers the pulse, unnerves the limb,
Spur thy dark palfrey, and begone!
Thou darest not face the godlike sun.
Sutherland, J.A., The Life of Sir Walter Scott: A Critical Biography (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995)
Todd, William. B., and Ann Bowden, Sir Walter Scott: A Bibliographical History, 1796-1832 (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1998)
Buchan, John. Sir Walter Scott, Coward-McCann Inc., New York, 1932.
Kelly, Stuart. Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation. Polygon, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84697-107-5.
An Original Poem
Sir Walter Scott wrote many a poem,
His legacy is remembered still,
Most of the Scottish still know ‘im,
By his monument upon the hill.
He often embraced noble themes,
A friend of both progress and tradition,
He often used simple rhyme schemes,
The greater good was often his mission.