Month: September 2014

The international appeal of Robert Burns

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There is a broad range of Burns works published in many different languages such as Georgian, Russian, Japanese, Estonian and Polish. This indicates that out-with the English speaking world, there exists a large and broad grouping of peoples who appreciate Burns work. It shows that you don’t have to be Scots to like Burns – you can be from anywhere on  earth and enjoy his masterpieces – for example I have noticed many different kinds of people in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. This simply solidifies the notion that he touched many people’s hearts out-with his native Scotland.

The fact that a man who lived in the 18th century is still so popular today is astonishing. It proves that his works withstand the test of time. He has made Alloway a place of pilgrimage for many people from across the globe. He has been viewed with celebrity status for generations. He is probably the most important Scotsman to ever live and he was controversial in not bowing to authority; indeed he challenged it. He was never afraid to show his political views through his work. This is why many people still quote from his work today.

It’s just crazy to think that a humble ploughman from Ayrshire would turn out to be one of the most celebrated literary genii, and that he would make such a difference to humanity and influence many people’s thought processes for generations to come.

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Burns cottage – My impressions

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I believe that the cottage is a symbol of 18th century life, it has a stable with a few butter churns, which gives me the impression that the Burns family had a small dairy business to keep income at a stable level (no pun intended) during the winter months

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The living quarters – kitchen; bedroom; living room – are extremely small compared to today’s houses. This would have made for a tight-knit family that would have to work well as a unit to function.

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The mother’s chair gives life to the stereotype that women have to multitask, as when sitting on the chair she would often be holding one of her children, cooking and possibly weaving. Overall I believe that the cottage both symbolises and brings to life Burns’ humble upbringing.

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