Rabbie Burns! Bonnie Scotland's favourite poet; The Bard 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 hisnote . He also wrote "To A Mouse", a line of which was pressed into service for John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. Another of his poems, "To A Louse", gave us the proverb
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie usAlso, he wrote Comin’ Thro the Rye, or at least one version thereof, which was mentioned in The Catcher in the Rye 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.
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