The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II.

The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1855
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,600 / 258 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 594
Added to site: 2006.06.20
mnybks.net#: 13601
Genre: Poetry
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sue of alliteration, every letter having a separate division in the remarkable string of adjectives which are connected to introduce a short exordium and grand finale. The _Jorram_, or boat-song, some specimens of which attracted the attention of Dr Johnson,[21] was a variety of the same class. In this, every measure was used which could be made to time with an oar, or to mimic a wave, either in motion or sound. Dr Johnson discovered in it the proceleusmatic song of the ancients; it certainly corresponds in real usage with the poet's description:--

"Stat margine puppis,
Qui voce alternos nautarum temperet ictus,
Et remis dictet sonitum pariterque relatis,
Ad numerum plaudet resonantia cærula tonsis."

Alexander Macdonald excels in this description of verse. In a piece called Clanranald's _Birlinn_, he has summoned his utmost efforts in timing the circumstances of a voyage with suitable metres and descriptions. A happy imitation of the boat-song has been rendered familiar to the

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