Literary Birthday – 25 January – Robert Burns

Robert Burns was born 25 January 1759, and died 21 July 1796.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot 
and days of auld lang syne? 
For auld lang syne, my dear, 
for auld lang syne, 
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, 
for auld lang syne.

Robert Burns was a Scottish poet. He was known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire, and in Scotland as The Bard. He is called the national poet of Scotland and his Poems and Songs are celebrated worldwide. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, he is a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish people around the world. His poem 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.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th January 2013