Robert Burns - Allen Gardens - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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N 43° 39.726 W 079° 22.368
17T E 631198 N 4835630
Quick Description: A statue of Robert Burns can be found in the Allen Gardens at Sherbourne Street in Toronto.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 10:00:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM8Y8G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
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Long Description:

From: Wikipedia

Robert Burns

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard, was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a "light" Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world, celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot, through a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and Scots Wha Hae served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well-known across the world today include A Red, Red Rose; A Man's A Man for A' That; To a Louse; To a Mouse; The Battle of Sherramuir; Tam o' Shanter, and Ae Fond Kiss.

On each side of the monument is a relief. Each one depicts a scene out of Robert Burns work.

On the back are two plaques:

NAE TREASURES NOR PLEASURES
COULD MAKE US HAPPY LANG;
THE HEART AY'S THE PART AY
THAT MAKES US RIGHT OR WRANG.

ERECTED 1902, REDEDICATED 2002
HALTON PEEL BURNS CLUB

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ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE POET
BY HIS ADMIRERS JULY 21, 1902

D.W. STEVENSON, R.S.A. EDINBURGH, SCULPTOR

URL of the statue: [Web Link]

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