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Posted By: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
18-Feb-20 - 02:36 PM
Thread Name: the literary controversy over Ossian
Subject: RE: the literary controversy over Ossian
Yes, that's right. Some grounds seem to be shifting here; as far as I'm aware, my previous post citing inter alios Thomas Gray is still here, which tends to negate the confident assertion that JM would have been all but ignored without his "u.s.p." (Which I think business types use for "unique selling point"). People found what they wanted to find or expected to find, in the sense of what an ancient epic should be. As, again, I and of course others have indicated, things are best considered in the context of their times. In the case of all the controversy, the relationship of North Britain within the British State and even Empire is relevant and, sadly, still ongoing.

Even if it were lies from end to end, well, that in itself would have been pretty Heroic.