Exploration, ranging from Medieval Makars
to Scots Ballads, sheds new light on Scottish culture, literature and song.
Poems such as Dunbar's Lament for the Makars
frequently borrow from the Office of the Dead and tend to voice communal emotion.
Cronin (1896-1981) via Josephine Tey (1896-1952) to Alistair MacLean (1922-87), was decidedly British in its orientation and subject matter, and drew a greater readership than the modernistic Scots language experiments of MacDiarmid and the school of Synthetic Scots makars
By the time that Margaret arrived in 1503 there were a number of Scots poets, or makars
working at James IV's court, and of course writing in Scots.
20) Bawcutt, Dunbar the Makar
, 131, finds Dunbar's moral poems reflecting his interest in the "four last things, death, judgement, heaven, and hell," while Ian Ross sees thematic similarities between Dunbar's poetry and Bosch's and Durer's contemporaneous Judgment Day paintings and woodcuts ("Dunbar's Vision of the 'Four Last Things,'" Bards and Makars
The Scottish Literary Tour Company, which dramatises 'the literary life of Scotland' runs its Makars
Literary Tour from Makars
Court outside the Writers Museum.
This late-medieval cosmopolitanism may explain Scotland's overproduction and export of a traditional intelligentsia: the military, clerical or trading expatriates who related their national spirit to a European canon, through scholastic philosophy, the lyrics of the Makars
(court poets) and the Renaissance Latinity of George Buchanan (1506-82), the greatest classicist of his age.
But of course he has beaten technology at its own game here by inserting a phrase from Burns's "To a Mouse" and has also incorporated the final line of each stanza of William Dunbar's masterpiece, "Lament for the Makars
The preface emphasises the volume's attempt to discuss and balance the work of Makars
and those who live outside the parameters that cultural borders might enforce.
literary Scots of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century makars
and the Edinburgh and local government records;
Burrow, "Dunbar, Henryson, and Other Makars
," Review 4 (1982): 113-14.
As John Corbett suggests, when Alan Daiches combined his photographs with such text for a BBC television series accompanied by a Britten score, the mass audience might be forgiven its bewilderment, not just because of the difficulty of dialect words but also because interpretation 'demand[ed] the viewer's acquaintance with the mediaeval makars