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Robert Burns

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Birthday
25, 1759
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Jul 21, 1796 (37)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
25, 1759
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Jul 21, 1796 (37)

About

Major Scottish poet associated with the Romantic movement and known for such poem-songs as "Auld Lang Syne" and "A Red, Red Rose." The first edition of his Scottish-dialect poems was published in 1786.

Before Fame

He worked as a farmhand in his younger years. He grew up in Alloway, Scotland as the oldest of seven children.

Trivia

He is considered Scotland's national poet.

Family Life

He had an illegitimate child with his mother's maid and later married Jean Amour, with whom he had nine more children.

Associated With

J.D. Salinger took the title of his famous novel Catcher in the Rye from Burns' poem "Comin' Through the Rye."