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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 2nd 1993 by Penguin Classics (first published 1898)
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Kimberley doruyter
my head hurts a little now, but, i really liked it.
Suzzette Dawes
May 11, 2013 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.
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Martin Bihl
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good collection of Robert Burns poems
I always been the guy who reads just about anything. The poems in this book show a wide range of topics and forms. You can understand Robert Burns poetry with this book. There's a dictionary of Scottish dialect in the back of the book and another section giving the background to the discussion of most of the poems. Anyone would enjoy it. Especially if you like his work and poems.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, gave-away
Not my style of poetry, I found it difficult to follow and enjoy.
Lyana Rodriguez
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars.
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.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I first read this, cover to cover, about 10 years ago when I was looking for a Scottish poem to write a critical essay on when I was still at school.

Since then I have loved Burns' works, and everything Robert Burns. So when I went to visit family and discovered this in a box with lots of my other stuff in it I picked it up... and did a re-read (cover to cover).

I'm glad I took this book back from my visit with me as it's an absolute pleasure to dip in and out of.
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.
Donald Owens II
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enchanting; real poetry with feet in the soil.

"Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash;
Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash;
Some rhyme to court the country clash,
An' raise a din;
For me, an aim I never fash:
I rhyme for fun."
Dec 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 28, 2012 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
Ryan Willox
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ;)
Brian Hirrel
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well.... what do you expect?????
Jan 25, 2014 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.
What's not to like about a book of Robbie Burns poems selected by Ian Rankin?
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Kevin Albrecht
Sep 30, 2012 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.
Jan 30, 2013 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.
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Robert Burns (also known as Robin) 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. He also wrote in English and a "light" Scots, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a