January 25, 2007

Scottish Heritage and Of Mice and Men?

Today is the birthday of Scotland's famous bard
Robert Burns

My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of valour, the country of worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I love.

Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go!

My Love is Like a Red, Red, Rose by Robert Burns

O, my luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
O, my luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune

As fair art thou, my bonie lass
So deep in luve am I
And I will luve thee still, my Dear
Till a' the seas gang dry

Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear
And the rocks melt wi' the sun!
O I will luve thee still, my Dear
While the sands o' life shall run

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve
Tho' it were ten thousand mile

Links:

Visit Ellisland Farm (http://www.ellislandfarm.co.uk/), the home of Robert Burns. Take a virtual tour of the grounds where he pondered and wrote, read a little history, poems, and follow links to more resources about the man and his country.

Robert Burns.org (http://www.robertburns.org/) Encyclopedia search capabilities, poems and writings, discussion board

Need help analyzing some of Robert Burns poems? Try this link to Robert Burns Plus (http://www.robertburns.plus.com/Analysis.htm).

Are you reading John Steinbeck's book Of Mice and Men for school? Ever wonder where the title came from? Follow this link (http://www.robertburns.plus.com/mouse.htm) to the poem written by Robert Burns about a "wee beastie" (mouse).

Books:

The Poetical Works of Robert Burns: with a Memoir (written in 1856)

Poems in Scots and English by Robert Burns

Robert Burns: An Illustrated Biography by Ian Grimble

Life of Robert Burns by J. G. Lockhart

Robert Burns and Cultural Authority [electronic resource] edited by Robert Crawford
Read about the solitary voice of love, meter within the verses, how politics relates to Robert Burns poetry, and more. Many authors contribute to the contents in this electronic book (e-book).

E-books:

Read online from any computer with an Internet connection; anywhere in the world. All you need is the 10-digit number on the back of your FREE FCPL library card. Follow the link to the FCPL home page and click on e-books in the blue side column. Follow instructions and begin browsing. If you like this service, call or visit the library to set up a FREE netLibrary account to access these resources more thoroughly.