Sunday, 23 January 2011
Robert Burns: A Man's a Man for a' That!
The evening continues with readings and songs from Burns' many works and if it's a large formal gathering, there might be Scottish country dancing. Like all good Scottish events, it ends with Auld Lang Syne.
Robert Burns might be a well known poet, but he was also a farmer and exciseman, working hard to earn a living for his growing family. He was also well known for his many flirtations, including several illegitimate offspring.
But few people can deny that Burns left a legacy of wonderful poetry and song. He had that ability to see right to the heart of many situations, making fun of the hypocrisy of man and church, regarding all men as equal. One such song is 'A Man's a Man for a' That'. No matter if you're a king or a pauper, you're still the same in the end. The final two lines resonate just as much today as they did in Burns' 18th century.
"That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that".
Enjoy Burns day wherever in the world you might be!
If anyone wants to know a little more about Burns' life as an exciseman, you can read my Suite101 article here.