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Selected Poetry of Robert Burns (1759-1796)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Oh Jenny's a' weet poor body
  Jenny's seldom dry,
She draigl't a' her petticoatie
  Comin thro' the rye.
        (Comin thro' the Rye, 2-2)
  1. Address to the Devil
  2. Ae Fond Kiss
  3. Afton Water
  4. Ca' the Yowes to the Knowes
  5. Comin thro' the Rye
  6. The Cotter's Saturday Night
  7. Duncan Gray
  8. Epistle to J. Lapraik (excerpt)
  9. For a' That and a' That
  10. From Lines to William Simson
  11. Highland Mary
  12. The Holy Fair
  13. It was a' for our Rightful King
  14. Last May a Braw Wooer
  15. Mary Morison
  16. A Red, Red Rose
  17. Scots Wha Hae
  18. Tam Glen
  19. Tam O 'Shanter
  20. To a Mountain Daisy
  21. To a Mouse
  22. A Winter Night
  23. Ye Flowery Banks (Bonie Doon)

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Robert
Family name: Burns
Birth date: 25 January 1759
Death date: 21 July 1796
Nationality: Scottish
Family relations
          father: William Burnes
          mother: Agnes Burnes
          wife: Jean Burns (from 3 August 1788)
          son: James Glencairn Burns
          son: Maxwell Burns
          son: Robert Burns
          son: William Nicol
          son: Francis Wallace
          daughter: Elizabeth Burns
          daughter: Elizabeth Paton
          Alloway Mill school: 1765
          John Murdoch's school
          Parish school, Dalrymple: 1772
          Studied surveying under Hugh Rodger: 1777
Religion: New Light Party
Politics: Republican
Honour: Honorary burgess of Dumfries
Literary period: Romantic
Occupation: Exciseman: 1789
          Alloway: 1759
          Mount Oliphant: 1766
          Lochlea, Tarbolton: 1777
          Mossgiel: 1784
          Edinburgh: 1787
          Ellisland: 1789
          Dumfries: 1791
Cause of death: Rheumatic fever
Buried at: St Michael's churchyard, Dumfries
First RPO edition: 1997