My Postcard as an Historical Artefact

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The postcard highlights the memory of Sir Walter Scott, Baronetcy (Bart). Engraved on the postcard is a quote from Scott's long poem Lay of the Last Minstrel: "Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, land of the mountain and the flood, land of my sires, what mortal hand can e'er until the filial band that knits me to thy rugged strand." 

This theme of the postcard is important because it leads the readers of the postcard to ask questions such as: why was Walter Scott placed on a postcard? Why was this specific quote chosen? How does this quote demonstrate how Scotland was viewed during that time? To help answer these questions, one must know who Sir Walter Scott, Bart was and how he contributed to Scottish history.

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Sir Walter Scott was born in 18th Century Scotland and is known for his work as a writer and poet. Scott wrote numerous poems and novels, some of his most famous being: The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) (Alexander 2015).  Growing up and spending his adult life throughout Scotland, it is not hard to imagine that he knew quite a lot about it. This is exhibited in the poem that the quote on the postcard is from Lay of the Last Minstrel. The quote describes the geographical landscape of Scotland and alludes to Scott’s deep family ties with the country. Based off this interpretation, it is logical to conclude that one of the possible reasons on why this quote was chosen was because it highlights both the Scottish landscape as well as the importance of Sir Walter Scott as a historical figure of Scotland.

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