He began to write poetry at the age of 15. He was 27 when his first book of poems was published. One of his best poems My heart in the Highlands is devoted to his motherland.
He wrote about the life of common people. His poems were full of liberty and patriotic feelings. In his poem Is there for honest Poverty («Честная бедность») burns says that it is not wealth but honesty and kindness that make a real man.
Robert Burns became famous in London and Edinburgh. His poems amused the higher society but their attitude to the poet was snobbish. In his epigrams he criticized hypocrisy, cruelty and snobbery of upper classes.
Buns was a remarkable lyric poet. Oh, my luve`s like a red, red rose, That`s newly sprung in June Oh, my luve`s like a melodie, That`s sweetly played in tune. As fair art though, my bonnie lass,so deep in luve am I: And I will luve thee still,my dear Till a` the seas gang dry.
Burns fell ill and died on the 21- st of July 1797, being 37 years old. But the name of Robert Burns is still alive. For Scotsmen he is a symbol of national pride.
Burn`s night. On the 25-th of January (on his birthday) people of Scotland celebrate Burn`s Night. It is celebrated in the form of a supper. People eat national scottish food –haggis, sing folk songs, recite Burn`s poems dance, play bagpipes.
Burns composed verses to the melodies of old folk- songs. Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of old lang syne. For old lang syne, my dear, For old lang syne We`ll take a cup o`kindness yet, For old lang syne.