On Burns

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1869
Rhyme: aaa
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: epigram

Scholarly Commentary


The epigram is distilled from a longer prose notebook entry that DGR wrote about Burns, apparently in 1869.

Textual History: Composition

Two manuscript texts of the epigram are known, one in the British Library, the other (copied from the former) in the Rosenbach library.

Printing History

The epigram was first published in WMR's 1886. WMR later printed as well the prose comment on Burns from which the epigram derives.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 33-1869.raw.xml