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Drummond, William (1585-1649)
The works of William Drummond, of Hawthornden. Consisting of those which were formerly printed, and those which were design'd for the press. Now published from the author's original copies
Edinburgh: 1711: printed by James Watson, in Craig's-Closs, 1711. Printed: 1711 Folio, First collected edition [4],xlv,[3],243,[1];iv,60p,plates : ports ; 20 William Drummond is the last significant figure in Scottish poetry before the Eighteenth Century The gap between him and Alan Ramsay indicates a crisis in Scottish literary culture brought on by the departure of the Scottish court to London with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of Great Britain James had been a patron of poets, dabbled in poetry himself and delivered himself of Rewellis and Cautelis [Do's and Don'ts] for its composition Not only had the court been a centre of literary activity where men of letters such as Drummond's uncle, William Fowler, and his friend William Alexander of Menstrie, later Earl of Stirling, gained employment, it had also given authority to Scots as a literary language These conditions were now abolished Poets who had published their work in Scots, followed James in revising it and publishing it in English, and Drummond, who did not go south with the court, was left in a state of cultural bereavement He made a lot of that melancholy state He became a poet of retreat and death, like Henry Vaughan during the Interregnum Drummond was born in 1585, the eldest son of John Drummond, descended through a cadet branch from the Drummonds of Stobhall, Lords Drummond of that ilk since 1471, and of Susannah Fowler, daughter of a well-connected Edinburgh burgess John Drummond acquired the property of Hawthornden, where the North Esk runs through a romantic gorge near Dalke … [Click Below for Full Description]
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