Sir Walter Scott

(1771-1832 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Sir Walter Scott
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Walter Scott, born in College Wynd, Edinburgh, was the son of a lawyer. Educated first at Edinburgh High School and then University he was apprenticed to his father and called to the bar in 1792. An avid reader of poetry, history, drama and romances, the young Scott read widely in Italian, Spanish, Latin and German. In his twenties he was influenced particularly by the German Romantics and his first published works were translations of G.A. Bürger and Goethe. These were followed by the collections of border ballads and the narrative poems, written between 1805 and 1815, that first made him famous. By by this time he had also married Margaret Charlotte Charpenter, of a French Royalist family,... more »

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  • ''A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.''
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. Guy Mannering, ch. 37 (1815).
  • The priest and bridegroom wait the bride
    And dame and knight are there.
    They sought her baith by bower and ha
    The ladie was not seen!
    She's o'er the Border and awa'
    ...
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. Jock of Hazeldean (l. 27-32). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. ...
  • ''With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.''
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. Marmion. . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Ox...
  • '''Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
    'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
    A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
    The poor man's heart through half the year.''
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. Marmion, cto. 6, introduction (1808).
  • ''Each age has deemed the new-born year
    The fittest time for festal cheer.''
    Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), Scottish novelist, poet. Marmion, cto. 6, introduction.
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  • Will Philip (1/24/2012 2:51:00 PM)

    I have written a Poem in celebration of Sir Walter Scott, called Lift Off.
    A stone rocket sits on Princes st, it hasn't moved for years.
    Its fuel used up many years ago, in the writing of great man who sits beneath it.Taking us all on a journey, fixed both in history and in the work of the readers and writers who followed. It has reached its destination.Imagination, set in stone, for all to see.

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