By Alexander Nasmyth - Unknown, Public Domain, Link
Discovering the Poet Robert Burns
" Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest."
The Platform Futurelearn ran an interesting Mooc last year about one of the most important poets of Scotland: Robert Burns. I did the Mooc and I could learn a lot about him and also Scotland.
I had studied only some poems he had written in English but I had never studied his poetry. The Mooc was an interesting opportunity online which helped me appreciate a voice I had never understood and the man Robert Burns, the poet and also the lover.
The Mooc focussed on three main modules :
- presentation of the life of the poet and what we knew about him
- some poems and songs he wrote were analyzed and explained
- what we can remember about him and that was focussed on Scotland and other places where we can still find monuments dedicated to the man and lover
We were given a lot of resources and weblinks, I might read more online when I have more time but I think that I have liked the man who has become a symbol of freedom in Scotland and in other countries.
Some videos about the man and the poet
An interesting video about the legend:
What we wrote about him online when we started the Mooc:
Music is still related to his songs and that's the main reason why we can say that Robert Burns is still alive and is loved by people living in different parts of the world:
My love is like a Red Red Rose
What we continue reading and studying in Literature:
Sharing our resources in the Padlet
http://www.dsl.ac.uk/ ( Dictionary of the Scots Language)