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Literary Analysis Poems by Robert Burns In a small Scottish town of Alloway Ayreshire a rare boy overwhelmed with talent was reading a humerous chapbook not knowing that ten years later he would be writing poems of his own that would receive the hearts of many readers Ferguson p242 That was two centuries ago and more than half of his poems have survived him Robert Burns referred to today as a legend wrote poems that would draw the minds of great men and steal attention from even the finest madam The poet who revived Scotland wrote more than a hundred poems Two of his best pieces include Holy Willies Prayer and The Holy Fair poems that continue to fascinate poetry critics today In a form of writing whether it is fiction a song or poetry there are characters the story revolves around In Holy Willies Prayer the main character William Fisher Holy Willie is an old bachelor elder Sibbald p1 Throughout the poem he is praying mainly about how he lived his life The prayer is rather long and emotional and it draws the reader to a conclusion that the man speaking in the prayer will die soon Sibbald p1 His prayer does not require the reader to have a strong imagination to understand what he Willie is going through It is rare to find a character that shares the same traits as Willie The Holy Fair another famous poem of Robert Burns is not an exception It has received compliments no less than Holy Willies Prayer The Holy Fair is one of Robert Burns best masterpieces The poem tells the story of a man who wakes up to a beautiful Sunday morning and spends his afternoon at the Mauchline Holy Fair with three friends which of whom he had just met The lead character is not an elderly old bachelor but a young man searching for fun While Willie in Holy Willies Prayer is
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