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Robert Burns was born in Alloway Ayrshire January 25 1759 He was the eldest of seven children born to William Burness a struggling tenant farmer and his wife Agnes BrounEncarta Although poverty limited his education His skill as a wordsmith is second only to that of Shakespeare He is the consummate poet He was raised amidst the folk culture of the Lowland countryside The songs and stories he heard were spoken in Scottish - a language closer to Old-English than to modern English - and which by the eighteenth century had become only the language of the poor Lowland Scots Burns would take the language and beliefs of this peasant society and use it along with English to create one of the greatest flowerings of poetic expression in any language Fischer One mark of the mans greatness is the number of phrases of his creation that have passed into common usage So simply and eloquently did Burns express his feelings that they have become part of our everyday speech Without thinking we often use his words to express our thoughts Among them A mans a man for a that Mans inhumanity to man To see oursels as others see us The best-laid schemes o mice and men The awkward squad Oh whistle and Ill come to you Freedom and whisky gang thegither To do or die There are many many more Burns was well versed in English literature and the Bible and learned to read French He was encouraged in his self-education by his father and his mother acquainted him with Scottish folk songs legends and proverbs Arduous farm work and undernourishment in his youth kept Burns health permanently on the decline leading to the rheumatic heart disease from which he eventually died Encarta He spent his childhood years working on his fathers farm but in spite of his poverty he was extremely well read - at the insistence of his father
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