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James Macpherson
James MacphersonJames Macpherson (October 27, 1736 February 17, 1796) was a Scottish poet, known as the "translator" of the Ossian cycle of poems. Macpherson was born at Ruthven in the parish of Kingussie, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Highland. In 1753, he was sent to King's College, Aberdeen, moving two years later to Marischal College (the two institutions later became the University of Aberdeen). He then went to Edinburgh for just over a year, but it is unknown whether he studied at the university. He is said to have written over 4,000 lines of verse while a student; some of this was later published, notably The Highlander (1758), which he is said to have tried to suppress afterwards.

the songs of selma
Address to the evening star. An apostrophe to Fingal and his times. Minona... [read poem]
"Forever": 'tis a single word!
Our rude forefathers deemed it two:
Can you imagine so ab... [read poem]
voices of the air
But then there comes that moment rare
When, for no cause that I can find,
The little voice... [read poem]
a few rules for beginners
Babies must not eat the coal
And they must not make grimaces,
Nor in party dresses roll... [read poem]
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