Rabbie Burns! Bonnie UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}'s favourite poet; TheBard of Ayrshire; author of a poem called "Address To A Haggis". Yes, really.

Even if you haven't heard of him, you've heard some of his stuff; he's one of those guys whose works have dissolved into collective memory. Unofficial New Year's Eve song "Auld Lang Syne" is his[[note]]well, sort of - he claimed it was a pre-existing folk song that he just wrote down and tidied up[[/note]]. He also wrote "To A Mouse", a line of which was pressed into service for Creator/JohnSteinbeck's novel ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''. Another of his poems, "To A Louse", gave us the proverb
->''O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us\\
To see ourselves as others see us!''
Also, he wrote ''Comin’ Thro the Rye'', or at least one version thereof, which was mentioned in ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' and provided its title... in a way.

Even Scots who ''don't'' need an excuse to get pissed celebrate Burns Night on his birthday, 25 January. The celebrations involve bringing the haggis in and reciting a few stanzas of its poem (it's a really long poem) before cutting it open.

!Tropes in effect:

* BadassBoast: "Scots Wha Hae" is one.
* [[DeadArtistsAreBetter Dead Poets Are Better]]: popular in Scotland in his own lifetime, his death led to a massive reappraisal of his work further afield. Within a decade, there was a massive tourist industry devoted to the Burns legacy, and it hasn't let up since.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: His works are extremely popular in Russia.
* HotWitch: Nannie from ''Tam o' Shanter''.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: ''Love in the Guise of Friendship''
* NightmareFuel: ''Tam o' Shanter'' is practically the Scottish equivalent of WashingtonIrving's TheLegendOfSleepyHollow.
* SecondVerseCurse: "Auld Lang Syne" may be one of the most famous songs ever written, but few people know more than the first verse and refrain.
* UrExample: of MemeticMutation. When UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins introduced the concept in ''The Selfish Gene'', he illustrated it by reference to "Auld Lang Syne".

For further study into the works and life of Robert Burns, see this free online course "Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy" from the University of Glasgow: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/robert-burns