Ever since I first read ode to a mouse in high school, I have had a deep respect for Robert Burns. His beginnings were very humble, which is part of the reason I think he had such an appreciation of the simple things in his life. But that is only part of the reason I like him. The main reason I think is that his poems are lyrical. Many were originally put to music and still are today.
The fact that they are written in the Scottish dialect also gives them a lot of charm and even though there are phrases I don’t understand, I don’t think that takes anything away from it if you listen closely. His life has been romanticized over the years, but you can’t help but recognize how far ahead of his time he was. The political ideas contained in this poem would have been very dangerous during his time. Here is the text and a brief explanation.
I can listen to this over and over.