The Thistle and the Rose,celebrating the marriage of James IV and Margaret Tudor, and
The Golden Targeare richly decorative allegories.
The Dance of the Seven Deadly Sinscombines mordant humor and the grotesque.
The Two Married Women and the Widowis extravagantly ribald, while
The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedieshows his gift for satiric invective. Other poems, such as
Of the Nativity of Christ,express genuine religious feeling. One of his best-known poems is the gloomy
Lament for the Makerswith its refrain
Timor mortis conturbat me[the fear of death throws me into confusion].
See edition of his poems by W. M. Mackenzie (1960); biography by J. W. Baxter (1952); studies by T. Scott (1966) and R. Taylor (1931, repr. 1971).
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