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 ''TheCatcherInTheRye'' and provided its title... in a way.

Even Scots who ''don't'' need an excuse to get pissed celebrate Burns Night: His birthday, 25 January. The celebrations involve bringing the haggis in and reciting part 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.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Despite his legendary and greatly respected status in UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}, some readers who are perhaps more objectively critical regard and less starry-eyed view his famous "Address to a Haggis" as being a rather poor poem that is not helped by being written and delivered (traditionally) in a mixture of [[FunetikAksent phonetic Scottish]] and ordinary English.
** This can easily reach levels of BerserkButton for critical fans of poetry when [[RobertBurns Robbie Burns]] is held up in the same light as WilliamShakespeare, with the following example providing a comparison of two famous verses from each poet:
---> '''Shakespeare:''' But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
----> It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
----> Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
----> Who is already sick and pale with grief,
----> That thou her maid art far more fair than she
---> '''Burns:''' Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
----> Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
----> Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
----> Painch, tripe, or thairm:
----> Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
----> As lang's my airm.
* 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