Happy Robbie Burns Day!

robert-burnsI saw on the old social media that it’s Robbie Burns Day!

Here is the thing, apparently I wasn’t paying attention in poetry class, or somehow I suffered some sort of memory loss…I had NO IDEA that Robert Burns wrote Auld Lang Syne. You know the song you sing on new year’s eve…should old acquaintance be forgot…yeah, that one.

I feel like I need to turn in my English major badge for not knowing that fact.

As I was doing some research, I also didn’t realize that there is a whole Robbie Burns dinner thing. I knew it had something to do with haggis, but that’s it. Not surprisingly, Mr. Burns wrote a poem about haggis, which (I learned) is read as the haggis is being brought out for the dinner, if you are following your Robbie Burns traditions.

Also he was an influence on JD Salinger (Burns’ poem Comin’ Thro’ the Rye is referenced in Catcher in the Rye), and on John Steinbeck.

I found this on a BBC page talking about why Robert Burns is popular today (and it kind of cracked me up):

Burns is often mythologised in Scottish life and literary circles especially at the time of year when Burns suppers are held across the country. But what is interesting about him is that he was a farmer’s son with a dubious reputation, both as a womaniser and later as an exciseman, who had a way with words which ultimately became his legacy.

Dubious reputation. Ha!

Although I am not going to participate in the celebrations by eating haggis (eek!) I might raise a glass of scotch and sing Auld Lang Syne in his honour!



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