"John Anderson my jo, John"

By Robert Burns 1759–1796 Robert Burns
John Anderson my jo, John,
    When we were first acquent,
Your locks were like the raven,
      Your bonie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
      Your locks are like the snaw,
but blessings on your frosty pow,
      John Anderson, my jo!

John Anderson my jo, John,
      We clamb the hill thegither,
And monie a cantie day, John,
      We've had wi' ane anither;
Now we maun totter down, John,
      And hand in hand we'll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot,
      John Anderson, my jo!

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Poet Robert Burns 1759–1796

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Love, Realistic & Complicated

 Robert  Burns

Biography

Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes, Robert Burns followed his father's example by becoming a tenant farmer. Unlike William Burnes, however, Burns was able to escape the vicissitudes and vagaries of the soil in two ways: toward the end of his life he became an excise collector in Dumfries, where he died in 1796; and throughout his life he was a practicing poet. As a poet he recorded . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION Scotland

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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