Category Archives: Burns (Robert)

Weather Report: Death’s Untimely Frost

Having winter intrude upon our spring has me quoting Burns and Shakespeare.

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Scotland’s Vote: Victory or Gory Bed?

Many have been quoting Robert Burns’ “Scots Wha Hae” as Scotland’s referendum on independence approaches.

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Victorie, No Gory Bed, for Andy

A Burns poems will serve to honor Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory while a Susan Bright description of Martina Navratilova applies to woman winner Marion Bartoli.

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Murray and Serena, Unapologetic Power

Andy Murray and Serena Williams were warriors as they won the U.S. Open, bringing to mind poems by Robert Burns and Tony Hoagland.

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A Death Poem Must Acknowledge the Pain

For today’s entry on poems that can come to our aid when we are confronting death, I will be looking at two. In both poems, the speaker has lost a loved one. One of them, which I have known and loved since high school and whose sentiments I agree with, now angers me. The other, […]

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