Written chiefly in Scots, Burns' poetry and songs have the power to surprise, entertain and touch your heart. They fall largely into three categories - thought-provoking, romantic and humorous sometimes combining several of these themes in the same piece. Here's a wee taste of some of his most famous work.
You'll see plenty of his charm and quick wit shining through, as well as his passionate egalitarian beliefs and his fierce pride in being Scottish. To a Mouse focusses on the narrator's thoughts and feelings after he accidentally breaks apart a mouse's nest with his plough. The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men Gang aft agley, An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!
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Address to a Haggis is Burns' humorous ode to the humble haggis. Presenting haggis as a symbolic part of Scottish culture, Burns' poem led the way for haggis becoming not only a popular meal but Scotland's national dish.
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Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the pudding-race! Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs in the English language. Sung across the globe at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay New Year's Eve this touching song encourages the listener to put the previous year behind them and look forward to the new year ahead. For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne. Burns' epic poem Tam o' Shanter tells the tale of a man who stayed out too late drinking and witnessed unsettling visions on his way home, like the witches' dance described below.
It is a good example of Burns' diversity as a writer as his sense of humour is clear in the poem. Warlocks and witches in a dance: Nae cotillon, brent new frae France, But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, Put life and mettle in their heels. The simple yet timeless lyrics of A Red, Red Rose describes a love that does not lessen with the passage of time.
O my Luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June: O my Luve's like the melodie, That's sweetly play'd in tune. Overview Sample the magic of the Hebrides and share the emotions and insights of the doctor-poet George Carle in this, his first poetry collection.
His marriage broke up and his wife left suddenly, taking his two dear children with her. Living on a remote and isolated island intensified his sadness and he required treatment for depression.
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