One of the editor's chief concerns has been to elucidate not just the literal sense but also the connotations of Dunbar's words: the figurative and metaphoric uses, the legalisms, poetic archaisms, puns and other wordplay, as well as the use of proverbs, scriptural allusions and debts or affinity to earlier poets. This has taken her into many varied and unexpected areas of medieval life and thought in assembling her line-by-line commentary on every poem in the edition. Readers will find new information about obscure words and phrases and no difficult passage is passed over silently. These volumes are a tribute not only to the wonderful poet whose works they contain but also to the industry, erudition and acumen of his latest editor.
|Imprint||The Association for Scottish Literary Studies|
|Publication Date||28 Feb 1999|
|Number of Pages||600|
"This is an edition of the highest quality... we now have an edition of Dunbar that is worthy of the poet." (Notes and Queries) "This more scholarly complete edition not only replaces its only serious rival; it deserves recognition as one of the finest achievements in early English textual scholarship of this generation." (Medium AEvum)