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The Poems of Ossian (English Edition) par [Macpherson, James]
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The Poems of Ossian
by James Macpherson

Ossian purports to be a translation of an epic cycle of Scottish poems from the early dark ages. Ossian, a blind bard, sings of the life and battles of Fingal, a Scotch warrior. Ossian caused a sensation when it was published on the cusp of the era of revolutions, and had a massive cultural impact during the 18th and 19th centuries. Napolean carried a copy into battle; Goethe translated parts of it; the city of Selma, Alabama was named after the home of Fingal, and one of Ingres' most romantic and moody paintings, the Dream of Ossian (above) was based on it.

James Macpherson claimed that Ossian was based on an ancient Gaelic manuscript. There was just one problem. The existence of this manuscript was never established. In fact, unlike Ireland and Wales, there are no dark-age manuscripts of epic poems, tales, and chronicles and so on from Scotland. It isn't that such ancient Scottish poetry and lore didn't exist, it was just purely oral in nature. Not much of it was committed to writing until it was on the verge of extinction. There are Scottish manuscripts and books in existence today which date as far back as the 12th century (some with scraps of poetry in them), but they are principally on subjects such as religion, genealogy, and land grants.

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"James Macpherson (October 27, 1736 – February 17, 1796) was a Scottish poet, known as the "translator" of the Ossian cycle of poems.

Macpherson was born at Ruthven in the parish of Kingussie, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Highland. In 1753, he was sent to King's College, Aberdeen, moving two years later to Marischal College (the two institutions later became the University of Aberdeen). He then went to Edinburgh for just over a year, but it is unknown whether he studied at the university. He is said to have written over 4,000 lines of verse while a student; some of this was later published, notably The Highlander (1758), which he is said to have tried to suppress afterwards." (Quote from wikipedia.org)

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A legacy destroyed by the author's forgery 28 février 2016
Par Joshua Valin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Too bad Ossian most likely never wrote any of these poems, epic or otherwise. The praise goes to James MacPherson for having the guts to publish them under the name of a legendary Irish bard. I commend MacPherson for his literary efforts. OSSIAN remains worth reading today, even if few have heard of the collection. This digital edition could use a fresh update, but the current version is still worth the price by far.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Very Rare Scottish Book-But Look Out! 29 juin 2011
Par Harriett A. Anthony - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Jamie MacPherson set the Literary World on its colective ear when he published these works of Ossian, & in some circles, near 300 years later, they are still read and debated. BUT, this exact photocopy of the 1787 issue: was set by 'a drunken typsetter with a herd of sheep hurtling thru the print shop'. One(of many)examples:efTentially for essentially! I will grant that English is a living language & that much variation existed in circa 1787, but not to "thi$" extent.
So unless you are gifted with the English language, & have a grasp of the grammar conventions of the 18th Century: this will be a hard go to read. For the "Dectective Monk" types out there, you would hurl yourselfs out a clean window,& onto a swept & waxed sidewalk; to read this.
So for the Gifted & the willing to learn, this is a very good text. For the rest of humanity, find a proofread & corrected text(which will be a bit more money).
"H pyee reeadding"
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Literary Fraud-IMHO 24 avril 2013
Par Harriett A. Anthony - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Readers: For the Scot-o-phille(&others)this was The Text of antient Scots story & history. Caves were named(& bairns)for it, Napoleon carried a copy(small wonder he lost!) & ect. That is no recommendation; history is too full of books that inspire kooks.
The fiction book was Supposed to be based on a original(which showed evidence of tampering, before it 'was lost'(how happy).
Just to read the text, will show just what a fraud it was/is; and what real value it has beyound being the One Book that was at the fore-front of Early Scottish Nationalism, is Sum Zero.
However, to understand the Modern Scottish Nationalism, this is the place to start. And that alone makes it worth the reading.
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