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Robert Burns

Scottish poet and lyricist

1759   -   1796

movement: Romanticism
genre: verse, narrative poetry, song, ballad, hymn, cantata
country of citizenship: Kingdom of Great Britain, United Kingdom
occupation: songwriter, poet, writer, musicologist, agriculturalist
www.robertburns.org

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV. As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".
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Scots Musical Museum

book by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

Epistle to a young friend

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

Winter

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

For a' that

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

Deluded swain

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

Had I a cave

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

O For Ane An’ Twenty, Tam

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

A Bottle And Friend

poem by Robert Burns

author: Robert Burns

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