"The apple at the glass": Halloween and Scottish poetry

Bold, V. (2009) "The apple at the glass": Halloween and Scottish poetry. In: Foley, M. and O'Donnell, H. (eds.) Treat or Trick? Halloween in a Globalising World. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle, UK, pp. 56-66. ISBN 9781443801539

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This paper explores Halloween observances in eighteenth century Scotland, as represented in Robert Fergusson's 'Hallow Fair' and in the two 'Halloween' poems by Robert Burns and Janet Little. These three pieces, taken together, provide a comprehensive picture of Halloween customs--economic and cultural--in eighteenth century Scotland. Halloween provided a potent imaginative source of expression for eighteenth century Scottish poets like Fergusson, Burns and Little, and it is suggested, that their representations of this calendar custom illuminate the ways in which individuals engage in different ways with community celebrations.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:Published with the permission of Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bold, Dr Valentina
Authors: Bold, V.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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