Sir David Lyndsay

Selected Poems

By David Lyndsay

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As a writer, Lyndsay is known for his play, "Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis", a comic commentary on church and state. This work contains selected poems, annotations and references. It provides notes which illustrates Lyndsay's language and the contemporary references and biographical information. It discusses features of Lyndsay's poetry.

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The Association for Scottish Literary Studies

The Association for Scottish Literary Studies is an educational charity that aims to promote the study, teaching and writing of Scottish literature, and to further the study of the languages of Scotland. To these ends, ASLS publishes works of Scottish literature which have either been neglected or which merit a fresh presentation to a modern audience, and critical anthologies of both creative and non-fiction writing.

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Born in the last years of James III's reign, Sir David Lyndsay (c.1486-1555) served under James IV, James V, and Mary. As a writer, Lyndsay is best known today for his play, "Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis", a biting and comic commentary on Church and State that is still regularly performed today. But it was Lyndsay's other works, of which this volume offers an accessible selection, that made him the best known Scottish poet of the time. In the late sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a literate household in Scotland was likely to own two books: the "Bible" and the poems of Sir David Lyndsay. Today, while a performance of "Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis" can still draw the crowds, very little is known about the rest of Lyndsay's work. This new volume from ASLS is designed to introduce some of Lyndsay's best poems to a new audience. Lyndsay's greatest strength is his range and diversity, from comic verse to political satire to spiritual reflection. These are the features that made Lyndsay a popular writer in his own time; explored again, he might well regain that status in ours.


Dr Williams has planned the selected poems to introduce these works both to new readers, for whom there are on-the-page annotations and references, and to specialists, who will wish to work with freshly-established texts. The explanatory notes illustrate the richness of Lyndsay's language and those contemporary references now less known. An Introduction provides biographical information and discusses important features of Lyndsay's poetry, and a full Bibliography offers further support for scholars.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint The Association for Scottish Literary Studies
Publication Date 16 Jan 2001
SKU 9780948877445-grouped
Number of Pages 330

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"Williams's edition of Lyndsay makes some of the most important and provocative Scottish writing of the Reformation era accessible to a general audience, and provides teachers of Scottish literature (or British literature generally) with an attractive new option for their syllabuses." - The Year's Work in English Studies

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