Walter Scott: The Lay of the Last Minstrel: A Poem (3969 words)

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Walter Scott’s move from editing ballads into writing narrative poetry in his own right began with The Lay of the Last Minstrel: A Poem, begun in 1802 and published in 1805. Consisting of an introduction and six cantos, with a prose foreword and notes, the Lay is a verse romance in the gothic manner. The plot involves an elderly Minstrel, “the last of race” according to Scott’s forward, who with his orphan guide takes shelter in Newark Tower, a fortification in the Scottish Borders. There, the Minstrel sings a tale – the Lay of the title – to the resident Duchess and her company of ladies.

The Lay revolves around a young couple from opposing Borders families whose …

Oliver, Susan. "The Lay of the Last Minstrel: A Poem". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2005
[, accessed 20 February 2018.]

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