Robert Burns – An Acrostic Contribution to Poetry

This year’s Robert Burns 250th birthday celebration is the best yet. Around the world, many raise their glasses to toast a great poet and songwriter. Burns wrote hundreds of enduring poems and songs about Scottish life and beyond, including Address to a Haggis (1786), The Highland Lassie (1786), Auld Lang Syne (1788), Flow Gently, Sweet Afton” (1789), “My love is like a red, red rose” (1794) and “Tam O’Shanter” (1790). It is still hailed as the world’s most celebrated poem in 2009.

An acrostic uses the letters of a word to begin each line of the poem. After that, all lines of the poem refer to or describe the title of the poem. The poem is written so that the words are formed vertically down the left side. One letter is used for each line. The words don’t have to rhyme. Adjectives, verbs and other expressions can be used to describe the subject. The following is a contribution to Robert Burns in the form of an acrostic poem:

Robert Burns-An Acrostic Poem Contribution

RObert Burns, born 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland near Ayr, poet and songwriter of love lyrics

OHis older brother Gilbert rented a farm near Mauchline in 17984, after his father died Burns was left to support himself

BUrns passionately and freely loved loving ladies, and had 8 children of 5 different ones like little elves

EEventually he wrote poetry extensively while farming to earn money to support his children and to pay for the support he did

RObbie married Jean Armor, the mother of his children, in 1788 and loved ladies whom he did not give up and admit

Tat O’Shanter” he published an illustration by Alloway Kirk as his works in a volume of “Antiquities of Scotland”.

BUrns wrote 114 songs on George Thomson’s “A Select Collection of Scottish Airs” but was paid little, he says

upon love for French Revolution wrote “For a’ that and a’ that”, his call for human equality and his quest for justice

RHeumatic fever took his life, 21st July 1796, buried in St Michael’s churchyard in Dumfries, many wept

Now, “My Love is Like a Red, Red, Rose,” the ladies happily sang and quoted as one of Burns’ favorite toasts

Saw fame after his death when many of his songs and poems became international favorites and endeavors