Scottish literature, Scottish poetry
A short introduction to the background and history of one of Burns's greatest and most dramatic poems
Reprinted from 2018, pages 73-76.
(c) G. Ross Roy, 1979. First published as introduction to Tam o’ Shanter, by Robert Burns, from the Afton Manuscript, Scottish Poetry Reprints, 4 (London: Quarto, 1979; second edition, Kingston: Surrey Instant Print, 1979).