Robert Burns

Portrait of Robert Burns, 1787. Robert Burns (25 January 175921 July 1796), also known familiarly as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets,|group=nb}} 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 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". Provided by Wikipedia

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1787
printed for the author, and sold by William Creech

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1789
printed for William Gilbert, Great George's-Street

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1800
printed by Adam Neill and Co. for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, London; and W. Creech, Edinburgh

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1796
printed for and sold by Brash & Reid

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1797
printed for and sold by Brash & Reid

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by Burns, Robert
Project Gutenberg

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1798
Printed by Patterson & Cochran, no. 148, South Fourth-Street

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1788
Printed by J. and A. M'Lean, Franklin's Head, no. 41, Hanover-Square

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1789

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1787
printed and sold by James Magee, No. 9 Bridge-Street

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1795
printed in the year

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1799
printed for and sold by Stewart & Meikle

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1796

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1797
printed for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, London; and William Creech, Edinburgh

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by Burns, Robert
Published 1794
printed for T. Cadell, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh