Retrobook – 8. About tastes

Here I continue to reread my favorite poems. Today the Scottish poet of the end of the 16th century falls under the hotkeys Alexander Montgomery, whom his contemporaries called “the last macaris“(Celtic” macaris “- poet), for he was in fact the last outstanding poet of Scotland during the period of its independence and up to the” Renaissance “of the 18th century, which discovered Fergusson and Burns.

Montgomery was lucky even to remain in the history of literature – a special stanza is named after him (or rather, his last name), which wrote his most famous work, a poem “Cherries and Thorns“. The stanza is indeed wonderful – whatever is written to it, even a philosophical treatise or a medical reference book, will sound fresh and cheerful, because such is the size and scheme of rhyming. The poem itself is allegorical (I have already written about this in relation to masterpieces Jeffrey Chaucer).

An uncomplicated plot – the author was walking in nature, met Eros, who made fun of him, as a result of which the poor poet felt a “spiritual burning” that he wanted to quench with wild berries. And then a choice appeared – either the sour Thorn growing underfoot, which is easy to pick, or the sweet and juicy Cherry that climbed a steep and dangerous-looking cliff … And then a real parliamentary discussion of 100 stanzas begins – Despondency, Fear , Caution and Experience persuade the poet not to risk breaking his neck, but “to be content with little”; Nadezhda, Ardent, Courage insist that “it’s all bullshit – you have to dare”; Reason and Mind are trying to find the “golden mean”. The plot may seem drawn-out and empty, but, as already mentioned above, the stanza “pulls everything out.” Everything ends with a happy ending – the wind blew and threw a sufficient number of Cherry berries on the sand … As you can see, the abyss of allegorical meaning.

Well, sonnets serve as an addition to this “cherry without cake” – Montgomery masterly masters this literary form, equally successfully writing love, pleading, boastful, plaintive and abusive sonnets. In general, the ass is a real fellow and by no means a fool … Read the poems of Alexander Montgomery.

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