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Robert Burns biography :

Scottish poet Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 at Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Although he studied at John Murdoch’s school, he was educated mainly by William Burnes, his father who worked as a gardener in Ayr.
Robert Burns’ youth was marked with poverty, and he tried his hand at several labour intensive jobs, which adversely affected his physical constitution. To pass away his time, he took to writing poetry. He wrote a song entitled “O, once I lov’d a bonnie lass” after the encouragement of his first love, Nelly Kirkpatrick.
In 1781, while working as a flax-dresser in Irvine, Robert Burns began to write poetry regularly. “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect”, a compilation of Robert Burns’ works, including “To a Mouse” and “The Holy Fair” was published on 31 July 1786. The unexpected success of his collection catapulted Burns into stardom. He moved to Edinburgh and was later known as the unschooled “ploughman poet”.
Jean Armour, one of the five ladies who sired him 8 illegitimate children, managed to tame Robert Burns’ wild ways and ultimately became Mrs. Burns in 1788. They moved to Mauchline and later on to Dumfries.
Robert Burns continued to compose songs and poems. He gave 114 songs to “A Select Collection of Scottish Airs” where he received little or no payment. His last work, “For a’that and a’that” was inspired by the events of the French Revolution. He wrote it in 1795, about a year before his untimely demise due to rheumatic fever on 21 July 1796.
Robert Burns lies in the churchyard of St. Michael’s in Dumfries. He was instrumental in making, “Auld Lang Syne”, an old Scottish folk song of unknown origin into the New Year anthem we all know today.


Poems by Robert Burns :

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

A Bottle And Friend

Auld Lang Syne

Caledonia A Ballad

Tam O'Shanter

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough

The Banks O' Doon

The Battle Of Sherramuir

The Book-Worms

The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman

The Henpecked Husband

The Parting Kiss

To A Louse

Young Peggy Blooms


Books of poetry by Robert Burns  :

Robert Burns: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)


Book Description

Robert Burns, the son of a tenant farmer in Ayshire, Scotland, endured great hardship before emerging as a poet and songwriter in his native dialect, as well as in English. This "Bard of Scotland" caught the spirit of his country, as these 23 verses and songs so vividly show. Though his works frequently focused on two of his greatest pleasures--women and Scotch--he also found inspiration in local subjects. His "Tam O'Shanter" is one of the finest examples of narrative verse ever written: it vividly evokes the Scottish landscape and weather, the native inns and native folk, all while telling a compelling, almost supernatural story of the drunken Tam. From "The Twa Dogs" to "Death and Doctor Hornbook," this colorful collection is a pure delight.


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