25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is known for his poems and songs that celebrate the country's heritage and culture. Burns began writing poems and songs in the 1780s, and his first collection of poems, "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect," was published in 1786. Throughout his career, Burns wrote poems and songs that celebrated the lives and struggles of the working-class people of Scotland, as well as poems that explored the beauty and majesty of the Scottish countryside. He died at the young age of 37, but his works have since become some of the most widely read and beloved in the English-speaking world, and he is celebrated as one of Scotland's greatest cultural icons.