Book Review: Selected Poems by Robert Burns

765353 (1)Format:  Paperback

Pages: 368 pages

Published: December 2, 1993

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Genre: Poetry, Classics




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I took an online course on Robert Burns and my interest was peaked. I knew of his works but didn’t really know his life. But by getting a deeper understanding of his personal life (Burns had many love affairs that resulted in 10 children), it gave me a better appreciation and insight into his works. Burns, like Romeo, was in love with love. By the way you can tell with his poetry, he was a romantic at heart. His poems invoke the passion and the heartfulness that you find in romantic poems.

One of the things to appreciate about Burns’ poetry is that they read and are performed as lyrical songs. I always thought that some poems can be read as songs but Burns has this particular gift that mostly all of his poems can change over to music. And when they did they were even more beautiful. Auld Lang Syne  is not the only great song in this collection. There are many others that exemplify the true art of Burns’s writing. He was not only a romantic, Burns was a nationalist and a patriot. He was very proud of his country, Scotland, and his pride was reflected in his poetry.

So for National Poetry Month, I recommend that you read this edition of a collection of Robert Burns’s poetry. This will allow you to broaden your horizon and experience poetry in a new way. Want a sample? Here is another one of his popular poems, Scot Wha Hae:

Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
         Or to victory!
Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power—
         Chains and slavery!
Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
         Let him turn and flee!
Wha for Scotland’s king and law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
         Let him follow me!
By oppression’s woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
         But they shall be free!
Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!—
         Let us do or die!

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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