“Teach from the brain of the wildest dreamer.”

“Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasure, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime that ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.” This quote is inspiration from author and poet Walter Scott who had persevered much throughout his lifetime. He experienced a crippling case of polio and faced the hardships of trying to become a writer.Sir Walter Scott was one of the greatest writers and poets of the 18th and 19th centuries. He wrote many great stories and poems during his lifetime including The Pirate, Waverley, Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Rokeby, and The Lady of the Lake. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 15, 1771. A little over a year after his birth, Walter Scott contracted polio, a crippling disease that can take over an infected persons brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Despite having this disease, Walter Scott enjoyed an active and joyful childhood.    During his younger years he had an interest in reading and literature especially Scotland’s ancient legends and folklore. His mother was a lover of anecdotes and poetry. She wrote poetry during her lifetime. This inspired Scott to begin to write poetry himself. Scott’s great love of literature influenced him to become a writer. He wrote many different genres of poetry including narrative and romantic. It was not until his later years that he started to write fiction novels.    Walter Scott’s publisher, Archibald constable, told Scott that he should write another novel after Kenilworth. At that point Scott had not started writing Kenilworth, but Scott’s agent, John Ballantyne, added the idea to the schedule anyway. Archibald Constable suggested to Scott that the book should be called The Buccaneer. The book would be about three people who wanted Charles I dead, but were captured by pirates. Scott thought that the central role of the book should be about a pirate.     The Pirate is based in Shetland, Scotland. A guy named Basil Mertoun lives as a servant of Magnus Troil. In his younger years, Mertoun’s wife left him, so he started pirating with an attitude of vengeance. He lives a reclusive life with Mordaunt, his wife’s son, because he feels remorse for the crimes he had committed. Mordaunt visits the Troil’s household regularly and is very close to Magnus’s daughters Minna and Brenda. A pirate named Clement Cleveland shipwrecks just outside of the city. Minna and Cleveland fall in love. Mordaunt is banished from Magnus’s family and household after hearing a rumor that he can marry either one of his daughters at anytime. Magnus takes Cleveland into his household. Brenda does not believe in the rumor and because of his banishing she discovers that she loves Mordaunt. Mordaunt and Cleveland are made enemies by Ulla Troil, who is a relative of Magnus. Ulla claims that she has supernatural powers and believes that Mordaunt is her son by Mertoun because he seduced her at an earlier visit. Ulla wants to see Mertoun and Minna married, and keep Cleveland as far away as possible. Cleveland confesses that he’s a pirate, which scares Minna. Cleveland heard that people that he worked with before were docked at Kirkwall so he set out for Orkney so that he can get away from them. He has the urge to rejoin them, and after working with them, gets captured by the government who receives information from Ulla. Cleveland thought he had killed Mordaunt in a fight before leaving Shetland, but he was wrong. Minna contracts a deadly disease, but Ulla says that Minna can be cured by visiting Kirkwall Cathedral. On her way, Minna is captured by pirates who torture and abuse her. She vows that she would never marry a pirate. She was rescued by Mordaunt who has only been wounded by Cleveland. Magnus gives Mordaunt his blessing to marry Brenda. After capturing Cleveland, Ulla discovers that he is her son not Mordaunt, but is Cleveland.    Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft is ten letters addressed to J.G. Lockhart. In the letters, Walter Scott views opinions on demonology and witchcraft from the time period of the Old Testament to his current time. He covers supernatural occurrences related to physical and mental illness. Scott’s letters dance over the topic of the Christian religion, their belief in medieval demons, their banishment of other religions. Science is mentioned and how it minimally explains the magnificent, weird, natural phenomena that are described as witchcraft. Accusers of witchcraft accused anyone they hated, or they thought was suspicious, and the accused could not escape execution. Even prisoners were forced to confess that they practiced witchcraft. Therefore everyone was trapped and was forced to believe in only one thing that witchcraft is real and there is no science behind it. Scott noticed that witchcraft trials were closely related to political crimes. Scott explains that Science advancements and rational philosophy during the 18th century brought down the belief in supernatural phenomena, this ended the witch trials. He explains all of this in tales that he wrote in the letters.    Scott inserts religion into Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by telling about the Christian religion rejecting all other religions and beliefs. The Catholic Church did not approve of any action or speech that was not holy or righteous to God almighty. Every unholy action or entity was considered witchcraft. Because of these religious rules, many people were accused and convicted of witchcraft.Walter Scott was a great poet and writer who lived a wonderful life. Even though he faced many obstacles, he learned to persevere through them, and get on with his life. He experienced a crippling case of polio and faced the hardships of trying to become a writersources