Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns

Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns

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Today the images of Robert Burns and Abraham Lincoln are recognized worldwide, yet few are aware of the connection between the two. In Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends, author Ferenc Morton Szasz reveals how famed Scots poet Robert Burnsa€”and Scotland in generala€”influenced the life and thought of one of the most beloved and important U.S. presidents and how the legends of the two men became intertwined after their deaths. This is the first extensive work to link the influence, philosophy, and artistry of these two larger-than-life figures. Lacking a major national poet of their own in the early nineteenth century, Americans in the fledgling frontier country ardently adopted the poignant verses and songs of Scotlanda€™s Robert Burns. Lincoln, too, was fascinated by Scotlanda€™s favorite son and enthusiastically quoted the Scottish bard from his teenage years to the end of his life. Szasz explores the ways in which Burnsa€™s portrayal of the foibles of human nature, his scorn for religious hypocrisy, his plea for nonjudgmental tolerance, and his commitment to social equality helped shape Lincolna€™s own philosophy of life. The volume also traces how Burnsa€™s lyrics helped Lincoln develop his own powerful sense of oratorical rhythm, from his casual anecdotal stories to his major state addresses. Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns connects the poor-farm-boy upbringings, the quasi-deistic religious views, the shared senses of destiny, the extraordinary gifts for words, and the quests for social equality of two respected and beloved world figures. This book is enhanced by twelve illustrations and two appendixes, which include Burns poems Lincoln particularly admired and Lincoln writings especially admired in Scotland.a€œWhitman on Robert Burns: An Early Essay Recovered.a€ Walt Whitman Quarterly ... Abraham Lincoln: An Essay. Boston: Houghton ... Lincolna#39;s Melancholy: How Depression Challengeda President and Fueled His Greatness. Boston: Houghtonanbsp;...

Title:Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns
Author:Ferenc Morton Szasz
Publisher:SIU Press - 2008-09-25


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