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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
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Phoenix
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Phillip
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
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Suzzette Dawes
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.
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Martin
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
Pink
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.
Joe
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.
Ryan Willox
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 ;)
Lysergius
Burns is the archetypal proletarian poet. These verse are written in a vernacular form of English and deal very much with everyday issues.
Chary
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 :)
Stephen
I loved these poems. I read them while traveling around Scotland, which made them more poignant.
Chris Watson
Burns is beautiful. 'Advice to a young man'. Such a human writer, tender hearted Robert Burns.
Brian Hirrel
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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