Burns Night 2017 Traditions: Poems, Lyrics, and Songs, Burns Night 2017 Traditions: The Kilt and the Tartan
Robert Burns is the national poet of Scotland who is widely regarded as a great poet and lyricist. He has made a name for himself for producing a series of poems and songs that caught the attention of a lot of people. His works has given birth to socialism and liberalism. To commemorate his greatness, an annual celebration called the Burns night is held every January 25. From the many activities done during the night, one Burns night traditions that are always there are the supper and poem recital. For this article, we shall look at some of the greatest poems of the late poet.
The Selkirk Grace
The Selkirk Grace is a poem that is recited before the eating of the supper for the Burns night. This poem is recited by everyone celebrating the night as thanksgiving for the successful celebration and also as commemoration to the great works of Robert Burns. Some lines taken from the poem are shown below:
Some hae meat an
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae let the Lord be thankit. When is Burns Night 2017 in London Edinburgh Glasgow Scotland
Address to a Haggis
The haggis is a staple food for the Burns night dinner. The haggis is a food made from a Sheep’s liver, lungs, and stomach. The tradition of eating haggis during the Burns night supper actually came from one of Robert Burns’ poems which is entitled “Address to a Haggis.” This poem is usually recited during the Burns night supper when the food is being placed on the tables along with the piper playing the bagpipes. A part of the poem is shown below:
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my airm.
Ae Fond Kiss
The Ae Fond Kiss is a lyrical poem also written by Robert Burns. This poem is about a tragic love story which talks about a man and a woman who loves each other so much in the beginning and continues to do so until they are forced to part ways. A part of the lyrics is shown below:
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, and then for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.