Tag Archives: Robert Burns

Robo-Burns: The Orfeon Translates

(By way of xenochronicitous – AKA late – celebration of the birth o the Bard, here’s an machine-generated curio.  The Bulgarian poet Kristin Dimitrova completed a translation of one of my Burns poems – there’s mair – back in 2009 … Continue reading

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Omnisatire and the Ragged Sleeve

Reading The Poets of The People’s Journal, edited by Kirstie Blair, I am so far maist impressed by by the mock-rustic ‘Poute’ (Alexander Burgess), wha conducts a sort of omnisatire, in that he critiques mid-19th century assumptions about poetry, the … Continue reading

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Three notes: 3, on Scots

(A couple of weeks before Xmas, while I was waiting around to be chosen for jury duty, I was reflecting on the relation between the work I was doing on Scots in my old school, and the latest manifestations of … Continue reading

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Note on the Rabbie-habbie-tiger Contiguity

(I was delighted when David Robinson picked ‘Rabbie Rabbie Burning Bright’ as one of his Scottish poems of the year over on the SPL website. So much so that I suddenly remembered I still hadn’t written the little note on … Continue reading

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Not as we see, but as we are seen

I woke up the other morning, as I sometimes do, with a line of verse in my head. Sometimes this is something composed in the last dream before waking, and usually it’s a magnificent higgamus-hoggamus (‘The long iron boot-rat’ being … Continue reading

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The Great Moc Gonagall

Norman Watson, Poet McGonagall: The Biography of William McGonagall (Birlinn) One of the first books of poetry I remember from my childhood is listed in the bibliography to this new life of William McGonagall, the enigmatic purveyor of bad verse … Continue reading

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pax scotorum

(During the Dark Night of the Newsland Doldrums in August 2008, Guardian Blogs phoned me up on holiday in Crete to ask me for a response to Jeremy ‘I’m Scottish?’ Paxman’s assertion that Burns was ‘nothing more than a king of sentimental … Continue reading

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