5 Great Robert Burns Poems

| January 16, 2018
Burns Statue in Dumfries

Burns Statue in Dumfries (c) Robin McKelvie

Born in Alloway on 25 January 1759, Robert (Rabbie) Burns is widely championed as the national poet of Scotland. He was also a lyricist, and one of his most famous songs – Auld Lang Syne – is an integral part of Hogmanay and New Year celebrations around the globe. At this time friends and strangers join hands and sing a rowdy approximation of the words in an expression of goodwill and optimism about the year ahead.

His moving, melodic verse, as well as his colourful life, are are also celebrated aroun the world on the bard’s birthday. A traditional Burns Supper is an integral part of Burns Night (25 January) celebrations. Here haggis, neeps (turnips or swede) and tatties (potatoes) – accompanied by a dram of whisky -take centre stage. There are also recitals and singing (often accompanied by ceilidh dancing) of some of Burn’s most popular verse.

We’ve collated five performances of Burn’s most famous works. You’ll also find links to the words at the end of the blog.

Auld Lang Syne

This world-famous tune was penned in 1788 to the tune of traditional folk song. This clip starts with some great images of Scotland!

Address to a Haggis

A poem that pays homage to this very traditional Scottish meal, it is only fitting that this is recited at Burns night celebrations before the arrival of the Haggis.

A Red,Red Rose

Eddi Reader’s performance of what is arguably the most famous of all Scottish love songs is simply spectacular.

Tae a moose

Having turned over the nest of a tiny field mouse, Burns was apparently inspired to write this verse in 1785.

Tam O’Shanter

This poem tells the story of Tam, a thoughtless farmer who likes to drink with his friends in Ayr.

Read the Words

Auld Lang Syne –  www.robertburns.org/works/236.shtml
Address to a Haggis – www.robertburns.org/works/147.shtml
A Red, Red, Rose – www.robertburns.org/works/444.shtml
Tae a Moose – www.robertburns.org/works/75.shtml
Tam O’Shanter – www.robertburns.org/works/308.shtml

 

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