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A Day with the Poet Burns is a delightful journey into the life of one of Scotland's most celebrated poets, Robert Burns. Written by an anonymous author, this book provides readers with a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of Burns and gain a deeper understanding of his poetry and the inspiration behind it.

The book is structured as a diary, chronicling a single day spent with Burns in his rural hometown of Alloway. The author takes us through different settings, from Burns' birthplace to the banks of the river Ayr, where the poet found solace and inspiration. Throughout the day, we observe the poet's interactions with locals, his musings on nature, and his deep love for Scotland.

One of the highlights of this book is the vivid descriptions. The author paints a vivid picture of the natural beauty of Alloway, allowing readers to almost feel the fresh air and hear the gentle rustling of leaves. The attention to detail is remarkable, as the author captures the smallest nuances of Burns' surroundings, effectively transporting readers to the heart of the Scottish countryside.

Another notable aspect of this book is the author's deep knowledge and appreciation of Burns' works. The diary entries are interspersed with excerpts from some of the poet's most famous pieces, showcasing the depth and range of Burns' literary talent. The inclusion of these verses adds a layer of depth to the narrative, allowing readers to connect with the poet on a more personal and emotional level.

Furthermore, the author takes care to highlight the historical context in which Burns lived. Through references to the Jacobite uprising and the social inequalities of the time, we gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by Burns and how they influenced his poetry. This contextualization enriches the overall reading experience, giving us a broader perspective on Burns' significance and impact.

While the book offers a captivating insight into Burns' world, it could have benefitted from a more cohesive narrative structure. The diary format sometimes feels disjointed, with abrupt shifts in time and scene. A more seamless transition between entries would have enhanced the overall flow of the book.

Overall, A Day with the Poet Burns is a delightful and informative read for poetry enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The author's passion for Burns shines through in every page, making it an engaging and enjoyable journey through the life and works of this Scottish literary giant. The book successfully manages to capture the essence of Burns' spirit, leaving readers inspired and intrigued to delve deeper into his poetry and his enduring legacy.

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[Illustration: Rose Emblem]

A Day with Burns.

Painting by W. J. Neatby.


My Luve is like a red, red rose That's newly sprung in June: My Luve is like the melodie That's sweetly played in tune

As fair thou art, my bonnie lass, So deep in luve am I: And I will love thee still, my dear, Till a' the seas gang dry.

[Illustration: Lady with Rose]



In the same Series.

Longfellow. Tennyson. Keats. Browning. Wordsworth.


There are few figures which appeal more picturesquely to the imagination than that of the ploughman poet swarthy, stalwart, black eyed, striding along the furrow in the grey of a dreary dawn. Yet Burns was far from being a mere uncultured peasant, nor did he come of peasant stock. His forefathers were small yeoman farmers, who had risked themselves in the cause of the Young Pretender: they had a certain amount of family pride and family tradition. Robert Burns had been educated in small schools, by various tutors, and by his father, a man of considerable attainments. He had acquired some French and Latin, studied mensuration, and acquainted himself with a good deal of poetry and many theological and philosophical books... Continue reading book >>

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