Robert Burns

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Robert Burns

The best-known portrait of Burns,
by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787 (detail)
Born 25 January 1759(1759-01-25)
Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died 21 July 1796(1796-07-21) (aged 37)
Dumfries, Scotland
Occupation
  • Poet
  • lyricist
  • farmer
  • exciseman
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship British
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable work(s)



Signature

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 1796) was a famous poet born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland.[1] Some of his most famous poems include To A Mouse, Auld Lang Syne, and Tam O'Shanter. Burns is seen as the national poet of Scotland. Much of his work is written in broad Scots, a version of English. His poem and song A Man's A Man For A' That was sung at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

"To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church" is a 1786 Scots poem by Robert Burns:

O, wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!

Burns died at a young age, and lies buried in the graveyard of St Michael's Church, Dumfries, Scotland.


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  1. "Robert Burns". Academy of American Poets. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/709. Retrieved 2008-12-23.

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