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"Ev'n then a wish (I mind its power)
A wish, that to my latest hour
Shall strongly heave my breast;
That I for poor auld Scotland's sake
Some useful plan, or book could make,
Or sing a sang at least."
~ Extract from The Epistle to Mrs. Scott of Wauchope, Robert Burns, 1787"Ev'n then a wish (I mind its power) A wish, that to my latest hour Shall strongly heave my breast; That I for poor auld Scotland's sake Some useful plan, or book could make, Or sing a sang at least." ~ Extract from The Epistle to Mrs. Scott of Wauchope, Robert Burns, 1787
The works of Robert Burns continue to resonate with and inspire people of all ages across the globe, more than 200 years after his death. Burns' ability to empathise with and illustrate the human condition have inspired artists, writers, poets, and musicians throughout the world.
Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets was a Scottish poet and 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.
This tartan was designed by Lochcarron of Scotland for Robert Burns World Wide Marketing Ltd of Ayrshire (2007).
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and 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 and elsewhere throughout the world.
For more on some of the facts and myths associated with what is sometimes called "the cult of Robert Burns" click the statue of Burns in Dundee.