Robert Burns Day 2023 is on Wednesday, January 25, 2023: Why is Robert Burns an inspiration to Scotland?
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 is Robert Burns Day 2023. A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems.
A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems.
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (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" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world, celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot, through a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) 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. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today, include A Red, Red Rose, A Man's A Man for A' That, To a Louse, To a Mouse, The Battle of Sherramuir, Tam o' Shanter and Ae Fond Kiss.
Why do so many Scottish people love Robert Burns?
Robert Burns was an amazing poet and writer and he gives us a sense of pride that you just don't get from reading Shakespeare. Besides that Robert Burns has a whole day devoted to him and his work and us Scots love any excuse to get drunk! Shakespeare was also a very mysterious character and not a lot is known about him. But we see Burns as a fun-loving, slightly rebellious womanizer of a man who gave us some of the worlds most fascinating poems and stories. His work makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up (Tam o'Shanter still gives me goosebumps!) and you feel that rush of pride and joy of being Scottish just reading his work. It takes a lot of skill to do that to someone! Although Shakespeare was an inspirational man -and i admire him greatly- his work (though spectacular) just dosn't give you that bolt of pride and energy that a work of Burns gives you.
Will you commemorate Robert Burns Day?
Yeah. I guess so.