| The Anthropology of Robert Burns

Tam Dean Burn

Should auld acquaintance be forgot...

Robert Burns’ song Auld Lang Syne is loved across the world as a celebration of New Year. It translates from Scots as “In remembrance of times past” a suitably anthropological setting. His understanding of humanity and its foibles, his immersive engagement with nature and his radical world view all render him fit for this attempt at a Bahktinian exploration of his poetry, song and ideas from his era of late eighteenth century revolutionary romanticism.


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Interdisciplinary approaches: archaeology, psychology, poetry