Robert Burns Day/NIght Giveaway Hop

Robert Burns
Robert Burns was a famous Scottish Poet in 1700s. On 25th Jan Scots come together and celebrate the birth of this wonderful poet. Many other countries celebrate him as well. And usually on Burns Night, pubs will serve up some a very famous Scottish Dinner of Haggis ( I know yuk! I personally don't like it but many do.) In schools mainly high schools there are dances for Burns Night and have a ball. So today I am dedicated my blog to Rabbie Burns. Sharing some info on him, some of my favourite poems and a small quick giveaway :)

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, 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 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 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. In 2009 he was chosen as the 'Greatest Scot' by the Scottish public in 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. - Wikipedia


Below are two of my favourite poems by Burns. One was a love poem, that I did in high school of English and the other is a kids poem about a mouse. Just bare in mind these poems are from 1700s and the language is different. Especially in the second poem. Its very old Scots!


A Red, Red Rose
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That’s sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

To a Mouse

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty
Wi bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murdering pattle.
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
An' fellow mortal!
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't.
Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's win's ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turned out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld.
But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still thou are blest, compared wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!


So here a a quicky Giveaway for you. Its a book with poems by Robert Burns.
Closes 27th Jan

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Now as well as my giveaway go check out the Giveaway Hop and Jeri Smith-Ready's blog for all things TeamKilt fun!!!


  1. I'm sorry I just couldn't read that second poem, especially with my recent mouse trauma haha The rest was really interesting though, great post! :)

  2. Happy Burns day/night Sio! :)
    I just loved the second poem.

  3. Me 2. :) kids love that one. And is so cute when kids say in their wee Scottish accents. Aiden loves it.

  4. What a great giveaway - I love Robert Burns! Do you know the CD by Eddi Reader? Singing songs of Robert Burns? Pretty good!
    Oh and I think I took a dozen pictures of everything that's got to do with him (including the Rabbie Burns Pub, ha) on my vacation to Scotland last year :-D!

  5. What a cool giveaway! Such an appropriate prize for a Burns Night celebration! Haha.

  6. And by POWs Ieant poems (darn auto correct)

  7. Great giveaway! Thanks a heap!! :)

  8. Robert Burns is one of my favorite poets! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Thank you Robert Burns for giving us this awesome holiday! Just wish I had the time to appreciate it more. :)

  10. Awesome giveaway! I've been looking for one of these books, since my local bookstore is OUT! Can you believe it?

  11. I love Burns' poetry and love the giveaway!

  12. I enjoyed the poems - even with the language being different - it is always interesting to see how language has changed over time! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Great post! A Red, Red Rose is amazing! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  14. Great giveaway! Thank you for being one of the gracious hostesses of this awesome blog hop. Would love the chance to win this lovely book of poetry.

    Adrena Lambert

  15. This is so much fun! I can't wait to find out who won!

  16. I like the first one a lot (I actually could understand it!). Thank you for the giveaway!


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