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Robert Burns: Selected Poems

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Let other poets raise a fracas
'Bout vines, an' wines, an' drucken Bacchus,
An' crabbit names an' stories wrack us,
An' grate our lug:
I sing the juice Scotch bear can mak us,
In glass or jug.
--from "Scotch Drink"

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 En
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Phoenix (first published January 1st 1932)
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Sep 16, 2013 Phillip rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Burns is the great Scottish poet. His work can be difficult for Americans because it is written in Scots, which is very close to English but has several different words and its own idiosyncratic spelling. This particular edition does a good job of providing explanatory notes without slowing down the rhythm of the poetry.
As a poet, Burns is fascinated with the rural, the common, and the everyday, which often inspires him to think philosophically about humanity's place in the universe, our relatio
Suzzette Dawes
May 11, 2013 Suzzette Dawes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My review is on "Selected Poems" by Robert Burns (I noticed the description stated Frost but my ISBN matched their image of the book; my cover is different as it shows Robert Burns as painted by Alexander Nasmyth). I had picked up this book while visiting Scotland several years back and it was a good read then as it is now. His poetry is usually written in dialect which may be difficult to understand for some. However, his lyrical style will capture your ear if not your heart.
My love is like a
Martin Bihl
My first comprehensive introduction to Burns' work and very satisfying. Covers all the "must-haves" (Auld Lang Syne, Tam O'Shanter, etc.), while not shying away from either his political nor his bawdy verse. The notes at the back are extremely useful and valuable, helping those of us not fluent in Scots to parse some of the more challenging lines, while adding depth and meaning to the poems. And of course the biography and timelines are invaluable as well - especially the history of Scotland to ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is simply a matter of preference. I really enjoyed a couple of the poems, however, with the poetry being very musical, I find it hard to enjoy this poetry unless you have the correct accent.
Kimberley doruyter
it's kinda hard to read but i still really liked it.
John Anderson, My Jo

John Anderson, my jo, John,
When we were first acquent;
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bonie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
Your locks are like the snaw;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson, my jo.

John Anderson, my jo, John,
We clamb the hill thegither;
And mony a cantie day, John,
We've had wi'ane anither:
Now we maun totter down, John,
And hand in hand we'll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot,
John Anderson, my jo.
Matthew Metzdorf
A really beautiful poet, once you get past the tough Scots dialect. One annoying thing about this edition is that the Scots footnotes follow the book so that you have to remember footnotes from previous poems to understand some of the words later. Otherwise it's a nice little read with a good introduction to the poet.
Jan 20, 2015 Pink rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
Okay I didn't finish it. I couldn't understand the language and so realised that I was reading words with no meaning. I think I would have gotten more out of this if I'd studied the text, or if I was more competent with poetry, but I'm not, so I can't pretend that I enjoyed it.
Ryan Willox
Feb 29, 2012 Ryan Willox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously......... You can't undress the haggis any other way, and if you think there's a mistake there you've never been to a real Burns' supper ;)
Jan 30, 2013 Lysergius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Burns is the archetypal proletarian poet. These verse are written in a vernacular form of English and deal very much with everyday issues.
Apr 01, 2009 Chary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely! So many great poems!
I bought a version from the nineteenth century at a second-hand store, it's amazing! I love old books :)
Angela Mccourt
Aug 27, 2013 Angela Mccourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feeling nostalgic about Scotland, couldn't resist this version selected by Don Paterson, one of my favourite Scottish poets
Kevin Albrecht
Oct 17, 2012 Kevin Albrecht rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Really enjoyed this collection. Robert Burns is witty, ribald, and musical, and I learned a lot from his poems.
Mar 26, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved these poems. I read them while traveling around Scotland, which made them more poignant.
Chris Watson
Jul 15, 2009 Chris Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Burns is beautiful. 'Advice to a young man'. Such a human writer, tender hearted Robert Burns.
What's not to like about a book of Robbie Burns poems selected by Ian Rankin?
Brian Hirrel
Sep 09, 2008 Brian Hirrel rated it really liked it
Well.... what do you expect?????
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Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a 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 also in English and a "light ...more
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