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Jewish World Review Jan. 3, 2007 / 13 Teves, 5767

Poetry in the Burns Dialect

By Richard Lederer

Bill O'Reilly
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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A little more than two centuries ago, the most famous poet in Scotland was untimely ripped from this mortal coil. When Robert Burns died in 1796, he was but 37 years of age.

The life of Robert Burns might have furnished the plot for a romantic novel. He was born on January 25, 1759, in a clay cottage of two rooms at Alloway, near the southwestern coast of Scotland. His father was an unsuccessful farmer, and young Robert was assigned heavy work in the fields when he was only 11. The strain resulted in a progressive heart disease that was to prove fatal at the age of 37.

In 1786, Burns's life reached its low point. In despair over his poverty and the rejection by the woman he had hoped to marry, Burns resolved to emigrate from Scotland to Jamaica. He gathered together some of his poems, hoping to sell them for a sum sufficient to pay the expenses of his journey. The result was a small volume of poetry titled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, and its impact changed the course of English verse.

Burns bought his ticket to Jamaica from the 20 pounds he earned from the sale of his little book. The night before he was to sail he wrote "Farewell to Scotland," which he intended to be his last song composed on Scottish soil. But in the morning he changed his mind, led partly by some dim foreshadowing of the result of his literary adventure.

In the late 18th century, with its emphasis on elegance, style and refined manners, the rustic, simple lyrics of Burns seemed incongruous. But Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect took all of Scotland by storm and was universally praised by critics. The newly famous author was dubbed The Peasant Poet and The Plowman Poet, and he became instantly lionized as a natural singer and rustic philosopher. Ultimately Burns's work established him as the Scottish national poet and the primary bridge between the rational satire of the 18th century and the exuberant romanticism of the 19th.

Now, more than two centuries after his death, Robert Burns sings to us in another special way, for one of his lyrics is the first that many of us hear each year. On New Year's Eve, when the clock strikes midnight, the song that many bands around the world often play consists of verses written by Bobby Burns:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min'?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Happy New Year. It's good to have you near. And for the new year, I'm offering you brief definitions of words that have the sound noo, or occasionally , in them. Sometimes the word will contain the actual letters new, as in newspaper. In other instances, the word will have a different spelling, as in pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a 45-letter hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian word that means "black lung disease."

Okay, we'll start with words that themselves start with the sound of the adjective new. I'll lay some brief definitions on you, and you give me each word.

1. Naked

2. masculine, feminine, and ___

3. middle of the day

4. food in ribbon form; also a metaphor for the head

5. the necktie at a necktie party

6. Nourishing

7. Wildebeest

8. a small salamander

9. lung disease

10. a mental disorder (less serious than psychosis)

11. shade of distinction

12. sexually attractive, especially as in young women

13. an elementary particle that is present in an atomic nucleus

14. relating to matters atomic (one of the most mispronounced of all words)

15. acute pain radiating from the nerves

16. last name of a handsome, perennially popular actor who is still in his salad days

17. last name of a British scientist who reputedly got hit on the head by an apple

As an additional challenge, here are more words containing the sound noo or nyoo, but not at the beginning of the word:

18. to restore to freshness

19. yearly

20. hint

21. the Eskimo people

22. a famous choo-choo

23. Charlie Brown's favorite dog

24. looking down one's nose, disdainful

25. to sleep

26. a tendon

27. Countless

28. having little substance or strength

29. a na´ve young woman

30. last name of the vice president who preceded Gerald Ford


1. nude

2. neuter

3. noon

4. noodle

5. noose

6. nutritious

7. gnu

8. newt

9. pneumonia

10. neurosis

11. nuance

12. nubile

13. neutron

14. nuclear

15. neuralgia

16. (Paul) Newman

17. (Isaac) Newton

18. renew

19. annual

20. insinuation, innuendo

21. Inuit

22. Chattanooga

23. Snoopy

24. snooty

25. snooze

26. sinew

27. innumerable

28. tenuous

29. ingenue

30. (Spiro) Agnew

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