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Robert Burns
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Poet
    (January 25, 1759-July 21, 1796)
    Wrote 'Tam O'Shanter,' 'Holy Willie's Prayer,' 'Address to a Haggis,' 'Auld Lang Syne,' 'A Man's a Man for A' That,' 'My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose,' 'To a Mouse' and 'Epistle to a Young Friend'
    He cheated on his wife many times.
    He fathered several illegitimate children.
    He was twice arrested and found guilty of fornication.
    Some say he drank himself to death, or died of a nasty STD.
    He wrote a poem about haggis, a nauseating Scottish sausage made out of sheep guts.
    He wrote his poems in the incomprehensible Scottish dialect.
    One of his poem contains the lines: 'They reel'd, they set, they cross'd, they cleekit, Till ilka carlin swat and reekit, And coost her duddies to the wark, and linket at it in her sark!'
    He grew up poor.
    His wife knew about his girlfriends and didn't care.
    He brought intelligence and satire to the lowly drinking-song form.
    He set many of his poems to music.
    He loved mocking the religious hypocrites in his town.
    He wrote 'Auld Lang Syne,' which is still sung on New Year's Eve.
    Even when his poems became famous, he couldn't get a well-paying job, because everybody wanted to think of him as a 'simple country peasant,' not a businessman.
    Scholars believe he actually died of a heart condition caused by the heavy work he did as a farm child.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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