Robert Burns - Scotland's National Poet


Burns night is an annual celebration in memory of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. The event is held on the anniversary of his birth, 25th January and he is known as Scotland’s National Bard. Although more than 220 years have passed since his death, he remains one of the most celebrated and important literary figures in Scottish history and culture. 

From a very young age, Burns demonstrated signs of exceptional writing skills and as he grew older, he played an important role in inspiring the founders of socialism and liberalism. His first poem was published in 1786 where his fame began and after this time his writing career grew tremendously.

Burns produced a large amount of great literary work during his career, despite living until the young age of 37. He is most famous for his political views and revolutionary behaviour. Many of you will be familiar with Burn’s famous Auld Lang Syne poem which is usually sung by crowds of people at the big New Year finale.

For those who celebrate Burns Night, it usually consists of an evening of Scotland’s traditional haggis dish (a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach) with mashed vegetables (turnips/swedes and potatoes). In addition, there is dancing and singing, all in memory of the wonderful poet.

If you feel inspired to teach your class all about Robert Burns, head over to Twinkl for some brilliant resources for the classroom on Burns Night. 

How will you be celebrating Burns Night? 

If you want to learn more about some of the other noteworthy poet's to come from Britain and Ireland, have a look at our 'Tell Me More About' blog series where you can find out about Oscar Wilde.

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