venerdì 4 agosto 2017

Robert Burns - a Mooc by FUTURE LEARN

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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 AyrshirePloughman 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."
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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

Made with Padlet

Resources online    ( Dictionary of the Scots Language)

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