Living with Ballads

Living with Ballads An extensive study of the Scottish oral ballads

  • Title: Living with Ballads
  • Author: Willa Muir
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An extensive study of the Scottish oral ballads.

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    1. Reading this book has helped me with my sight-reading of Scots dialect immensely. And it gave me a new perspective on the practice of ballad-singing. Muir's thesis is that ballads tap into the group emotional unconscious (she calls it the "underworld of feeling") and that the rise of self-consciousness and Christianity in England and Scotland changed ballads and caused their singing to die out. I sort of blanked on the last couple chapters because she was just giving more examples and evidence o [...]

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