Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, was a Scottish poet widely regarded as the “national poet of Scotland.” He is known for writing in a “light Scotts dialect.” This exposed a wider audience to the traditional Scottish language poetry than previously thought possible. His piece Auld Lang Syneis often sung near the end of the year.

A Man’s A Man for A’ That

‘For a’ That and a’ That’ by Robert Burns was written in 1794, published in ’75, and then again in 1799. The poem often appears under the title, ‘Is There for Honest Poverty’, or ‘A Man’s a Man for A’ That.’

A Red, Red Rose

‘A Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns is a poem that is in the ballad formation of four-line stanzas with ABBA rhyme schemes.

Ae Fond Kiss

‘Ae Fond Kiss’ by Robert Burns tells of the unfortunate parting of two lovers, and a speaker’s depression over the many parts of his life he is losing.

Auld Lang Syne

‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a poem that addresses old acquaintances and the memories associated with them at the end of a year. It is a famous poem that is sung all across the world.

The Slave’s Lament

‘The Slave’s Lament’ by Robert Burns is a song capturing the heart-wrenching pain of a slave enthralled from Senegal. This poem features the theme of the agony of captivity.

To a Mouse

‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns describes the unfortunate situation of a mouse whose home was destroyed by the winter winds.