Celebrating Robert Burns, Scotland's Most Famous Poet

Jan 22, 2019

What do the poetic line "my love is like a red, red rose," and the lyrics to Auld Lange Syne have in common? A  Scottish man named Robert Burns. 

Burns was a working-class Scot who gained notoriety among the aristocracy in Scotland in the late 1700's for his poetry and for creating perfectly metered couplets off the top of his head. His work and life have continued to capture the imaginations of poetry fans in Scotland and around the world since his death. 

During this Talk of Iowa segment, Shelley Bain, president of the Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa, and David Burt, who was born in Scotland and now lives in Iowa City, join host Charity Nebbe to talk about Burns Night, which is a way to celebrate the life and times of the late poet. 

The Scottish Heritage Society of Iowa has hosted a Burns Night supper for at least the last 40 years, and there are celebrations planned across the state on Saturday night.