A Little Robert Burns

Last night I started reading a book of collected poems by Robert Burns.

I’d read a few snippets of his poetry before, and know a few of the more popular poems, such as Auld Lang Syne; A Red, Red Rose; and Address to a Haggis.

But I hadn’t delved too deeply into the rest of his work. All I can say is… I love it! Even though poetry isn’t my go-to choice for reading, everything else has seemed too involved to read right now.

And because I read and adore Scottish accents, I don’t find it difficult in the least to decipher all the words we in America may find confusing. In fact, it amazed me how humorous many of his poems are! I found myself literally laughing out loud at a few of his bits, thoroughly enjoying his word choice and meter and style. Plus, he’s the national poet of Scotland. How cool!

What about you? Who is a poet you love? A favorite poet?

My favorite poet is Rudyard Kipling, but I think Burns is quickly going to climb the ladder and vie for the top spot or two.

Happy writing! And reading!
“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley.
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!

(To A Mouse)
― Robert BurnsCollected Poems of Robert Burns

“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”
― Robert BurnsCollected Poems of Robert Burns

“Some books are lies frae end to end,
And some great lies were never penn’d…”
― Robert Burns


5 thoughts on “A Little Robert Burns

  1. So funnily enough, I was just talking to my dad about our taste in poetry. I think the first poet he introduced me to was Robert Service, and I’ve had a taste for cowboy poetry ever since. I still know The Cremation of Sam McGee by heart. Cowboy poetry aside, I really enjoy Longfellow.

    • Cowboy poetry??!?!?! Sign me up!! I love historical fiction that centers around cowpokes and cattle drives and horses and such. Don’t know why. I honestly don’t know Longfellow as well as I’d like. I know I studied a bit of him in high school, but since poetry wasn’t my thing for a long time, I have a lot of catching up to do.

      • Robert Service writes all about gold mining in the Yukon. Great stuff, though not generally considered high art. 🙂 Poetry has never been high on my priority list, but I have a select few that I love.

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