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Did you know that Robert Burns was born today in 1759? He was a poet and song writer and is the ‘national poet’ of Scotland. Some of his poems are “Tom O’ Shanter”, “Halloween”, and “To a Mouse”. In addition to writing poetry, Robert Burns also wrote the lyrics, or words, for more than 100 songs. For some songs he collected and recomposed the music for Scottish folk melodies and then created lyrics to fit the tunes. One of his poems and songs is “Auld Lang Syne”, which is sung around the world during New Year’s celebrations.

We hope that you have a lyrical day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.

Bonus Facts:
Robert Burns was also known as Rabbie Burns, Bard of Ayrshire, and the Ploughman Poet.

Robert Burns grew up in poverty and hardship working on his family’s farm, which was never very successful. After his father’s death, Robert and his brother tried to keep the farm, but they too were unsuccessful. Eventually, Burns gave up farming and accepted the offer of work in Jamaica. In order to raise funds for his trip to the West Indies, Burns published a few of his poems. His work was immediately successful.

Robert Burns’ work has influenced writers such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Robbie Burns Day, Burns Night and the Burns Suppers are held on January 25th to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns. Some

Since the 1990’s “Gung Haggis Fat Choy”, a mix of Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Day has been celebrated in Vancouver.

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