A statue of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet can be found in Allen Gardens at Sherbourne Street in Toronto.
The sculptor, D.W. STEVENSON, depicts the bard standing...casually shifting his weight to his right leg with his left leg slightly bent. His right arm is held over his heart while he appears to look at something in the near distance.
There are two plaques on the monmunet. The first reads:
"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"
and the second:
"ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE POET
BY HIS ADMIRERS JULY 21, 1902
D.W. STEVENSON, R.S.A. EDINBURGH, SCULPTOR"
Wikipedia (visit link
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"Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as 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 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 he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and 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 chosen as the 'Greatest Scot' by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV."
As for the crater, Wikipedia's brief article (visit link
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"Burns is a crater on Mercury. It has a diameter of 45 kilometers. Its name was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1985. Burns is named for the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who lived from 1759 to 1796."