Excerpt from The Bards of Bon-Accord, 1375-1860
Various works purporting to deal with Scottish minor poets and poetry have within recent years been placed before the public - some of them excellent so far as they went, others little better than mere catchpennies, crude and un... reliable all of them defective, because the field was too wide for any one man to master or one work contain. I have long felt certain that an adequate presentation of such a subject was only possible through each shire or district receiving separate treatment - hence The Bards of eon-accord.
Though the plan proposed in this work was to deal with those writers only, who, connected by birth or residence with our north-eastern district, have published up to 1860, yet its subject is brought down to a much more recent date - living writers, however, with one exception, being excluded from the body of the work. In the Appendix of Fugitive Poetry this latter restriction has been discarded, and notices of living writers whose effusions engaged public attention prior to 1860 are there given. In the bibliography forming part II. Of the Appendix, biographical notes have frequently been added, in order to render the work as fairly complete as the limits of one volume would allow. The treatment of the whole subject is chronological, and dates, more or less approximative, have been given at the top of each page, so that a reader may know at once the period to which any author belongs. The workvfii preface.
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