A Toast to Robert Burns

Nancy McPherson

January 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nancy’s traditional ‘A Toast to Robert Burns’ dinner is on this SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH 6PM-9PM! Come join us for a specialty Scottish dinner menu designed by Nancy and paired with a nice selection of scotch(s), and the best hosts in town!

Reservations are REQUIRED so please call the cafe at 978-897-3934 and leave a message (the staff will call back to confirm your reservation.) Don’t miss out on this one – it’s one of Nancy’s specialty events that is looked forward to all year!

Robert Burns was born in 1759, in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes. Burns was a tenant farmer. However, toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; throughout his life he was also a practicing poet. One might say that Burns remains the national poet of Scotland because Scottish literature ceased with him, thereafter yielding poetry in English or in Anglo-Scots or in imitations of Burns.

His poetry recorded and celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture and distinctions, and religious practice. He is considered the national poet of Scotland. And his humble, agricultural background made him in some ways a spokesperson for every Scot, especially the poor and disenfranchised. He was aware of humanity’s unequal condition and wrote of it and of his hope for a better world of equality throughout his life in epistle, poem, and song—perhaps most eloquently in the recurring comparison of rich and poor in the song “For A’ That and A’ That,” which resoundingly affirms the humanity of the honest, hard-working, poor, man: “The Honest man, though e’er sae poor, / Is king o’ men for a’ that.”

Burns, however, has been viewed alternately as the beginning of another literary tradition: he is often called a pre-Romantic poet for his sensitivity to nature, his high valuation of feeling and emotion, his spontaneity, his fierce stance for freedom and against authority, his individualism, and his antiquarian interest in old songs and legends. Learn more about Robert Burns here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-burns