Robert Burns

Не toured Scotland and Northern England collecting ballads and folk-tales. His countrymen loved their poet for his patriotism.

Robert Burns died at the age of 37 at Dumfries, where he had served as a tax collector for the last 6 years of his life. Upon his death he was declared the national poet of Scotland, and his birthday on Jan. 25, is always celebrated as a national holiday.

Robert Burns is one of the most popular song writers of English literature. The whole world sings his songs: “Auld Lang Syne”, the tender love song “A red, red rose”, “My Heart’s in the Highlands”.

His lovely poems are translated into many languages. The democratic and revolutionary spirit of Burns’ poetry brought him close to the revolutionary romantics of the 19th century.

Here are three epigrams by Robert Burns in which he shows the ignorance of the nobility, the falsehood of the priests and the unreliability of the rich.

Vocabulary

to tour — путешествовать

spirit — дух, настроение

romantic — романтик

ignorance — невежество

nobility — дворянство; знать

falsehood — ложь

priest — священник

unreliability — ненадежность


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