Robert Burns Would Be All Over Facebook And Twitter If He Was Alive Today, According To One Of Scotland’s Finest Poets

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By Julie-Anne Barnes in The Daily Record.
Robert Burns would be all over Facebook and Twitter if he was alive today, according to one of Scotland’s finest poets.

Award-winning writer Don Paterson believes the bard would be a huge fan of social media, with his work and language adapted to the new ways of writing.

The poet, who has just won the prestigious Costa poetry prize, said the online world is changing the way people communicate.

Burns was, he said, a great communicator and would have easily adapted to publishing digitally.

He said: “I think if Burns were here, he’d never be off Facebook.”

Don said Scots, at home and around the world, are absolutely right to celebrate Burns Night but the Dundee-born poet is less impressed at how celebrations focus on just one or two well-known verses.

He said: “I think it’s right, on balance, to celebrate the life and times of Burns. But I don’t like the way we do it. That’s the trouble when people become icons in the way Burns has become.

 

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