A Night Out with Robert Burns: The Greatest Poems

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McClelland & Stewart, Jul 15, 2015 - Poetry - 256 pages
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January 25, 2009, marks the 250th anniversary of Burns’s birth. It will be a huge event around the world, not least across Canada. And we have the book!

Robert Burns (1759-1796) is part of your life. If you’ve ever given or received a romantic red rose, or talked about a "do or die" situation, or if you’ve sung "Auld Lang Syne," you’re included.

Others celebrate this ploughman poet with an eye for "the lasses" more directly. Every year, literally hundreds of thousands of Canadians, from coast to coast, go to Burns Suppers in January to celebrate his life. This year —2009 — will be the biggest ever, since it’s a 250th celebration of his birth.

CBC TV is joining with the BBC to produce three one-hour programmes on his life, all written and hosted by Andrew O’Hagan, who is now the authority on Burns. This is because this book, published by Canongate in 2008, has already become a classic, bringing Burns to ordinary readers. Because Burns was on the right side of history, against privilege and rank and for everyone getting a fair chance, he is beloved around the world — in Andrew O’Hagan’s words, he is "the world’s greatest and most loveable poet."


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Review: A Night Out with Robert Burns: The Greatest Poems

User Review  - KM - Goodreads

The poetry is absolute gold but O'Hagan's writing is dire in places. This book is 5 star if you avoid the introduction and some of the paragraphs introducing the poems- cringeworthy. Read full review

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User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

I first found out about Robert Burns in school but, to be honest, other than Auld Lang Syne I never really took much interest after then; I figure he was just the school poetry stuff we study and ... Read full review

About the author (2015)

Robert Burns was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and by the time of his death, in poverty, he was hailed as Scotland’s national poet. Since then his fame has spread, with more than forty statues erected worldwide, including in eleven Canadian cities.

Andrew O’Hagan is the Ayrshire-born novelist whose most recent work is Be Near Me.


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