The impact of the Union of the Crowns on Scottish lyric poetry, 1584-1619

Fleming, Morna Robertson (1997) The impact of the Union of the Crowns on Scottish lyric poetry, 1584-1619. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis examines the impact on Scottish lyric poetry of the Union of the Crowns in 1603 by making a detailed analysis of the separate Scottish and English literary traditions before 1603, highlighting the peculiar features which identify national traits. In the course of this analysis it is seen that English influence on the themes and topoi of Scottish writing is not particularly marked, although a drive towards English orthography is seen in printed works of the 1580s and thereafter increasingly in original Scottish writing.

Following the Union of the Crowns, the lyric products of the united kingdoms are analysed by 'school' in order to determine how much of the distinctively Scottish voice that had been previously identified is still detectable. The accepted view is that Scottish poetry simply disappeared by a process of attrition as Scottish poets found they could not compete with their English contemporaries, but it is my contention that even where Scottish poets deliberately adapted their writing to the styles of English groupings of poets, they maintained a strongly individual Scottish voice. The Scottish poetical traditions and themes continue well into the seventeenth century and beyond the scope of this thesis, maintained through the habitual practice of keeping manuscript collections and commonplace books.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Supervisor's Name: van Heijnsbergen, Dr. Theo
Date of Award: 1997
Depositing User: Elaine Ballantyne
Unique ID: glathesis:1997-2553
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:57

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