Ode To A Haggis
Ode To A Haggis
Robert Burns is Scotland's best-loved bard and Burns Suppers have been held in his honor for over 200 years. Among many Scots, his best know poems are Auld Lang Syne and Ode To A Haggis.
Robert Burns was born January 25, 1759, in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, to William Burnes, a poor tenant farmer, and Agnes Broun. Robert Burns was the eldest of seven children. He spent his youth working his father's farm, but in spite of his poverty he was extremely well read - at the insistence of his father, who employed (1772) a tutor, John Murdoch, for Robert and younger brother Gilbert. At 15 Robert was the principal worker on the farm and this prompted him to start writing in an attempt to find a suitable outlet for his circumstances." It was at this early age that Burns penned his first verse, "My Handsome Nell", which was an ode to the other subjects that dominated his life, namely scotch and women.
He moved around the country, eventually arriving in Edinburgh (1786), where he mingled in the illustrious circles of the artists and writers who were delighted at the "Ploughman Poet." In a matter of weeks he was transformed from local hero to a national celebrity, fussed over by the Edinburgh literati of the day, and Jean Armour's father allowed her to marry him (1788), now that he was no longer a lowly wordsmith.
Robert Burns died July 21, 1796 at the age of 37. His death occurred on the same day his wife, Jean, gave birth to his last son, Maxwell.
Rabbie Burns, we salute you!
ODE TO A HAGGIS
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie
The groaning trencher there ye
His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
Then, horn for horn they stretch
Is there that owre his French
Poor devil! see him owre his
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
Ye pow’rs wha mak mankind your