Robert Burns (1759-1796)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns, favoring signed scholarly articles and peer-reviewed sources

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Introduction & Biography

"Robert Burns." Poetry Foundation. Encyclopedia-type introduction to Robert Burns, his themes, style and techniques, with a biography, bibliography, and selected poems.

"Robert Burns." A brief introduction to Robert Burns. Academy of American Poets.

"Robert Burns." Biography. In Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography.

Crawford, Robert. The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography (Princeton UP 2009). Sample chapter (Introduction) available at the publisher's web site. A review by the former UK Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. The Guardian, 3 Jan. 2009.

Patterson, Don. "An introduction to the poetry of Robert Burns." The Guardian 25 Jan. 2010.

"Robert Burns, 1759-1796: A Bicentenary Exhibition." Curator, G. Ross Roy. Contents: Early editions of Robert Burns; Burns, chapbooks, and popular culture; Memoirs and development of Burns scholarship; Burns's reading; Burns and Clarinda; Burns and Scottish song; Translations of Burns. U of South Carolina Libraries.

"Robert Burns: Scotland's Bard and most famous Son." Robert Burns World Federation. Introduction to Robert Burns; Burns's poems with English translations; Letters of Burns (transcriptions); the tradition of the Burns Supper; Burns in depth (critical and analytical articles on Burns). Also links to Burns Societies throughout the world, educational resources, information about the Robert Burns World Federation.

About the Robert Burns replica cottage in an Atlanta neighborhood. Poetry Foundation.

McClure, J. Derrick. "Robert Burns." Literary Encyclopedia. Eds. Robert Clark, Emory Elliott, Janet Todd. An introduction to Burns, from a database that provides signed literary criticism by experts in their field, and is available to individuals for a reasonably-priced subscription [subscription service].

Scottish Language & Literature

"Scottish Language Dictionaries." About the dictionaries of Scots, including the great historical dictionaries, A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary, the single volume Concise Scots Dictionary and the Essential Scots Dictionary. Information about Scots spelling, Scotland's Languages Today, Scots Grammar, History of Scots, Etymology and the Scots Language.

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