A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns single-handedly made the Scottish way of speaking English not only known but genteel. Or so goes the story. He definitely contributed to its popular knowledge and popularity with his poetry, written in the Scots dialect. As odd as it seems, especially to those for whom English is not their first language, there is a wonderful honesty to the way it is worded and spelled.

And, of course, it’s good poetry.

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Stranger, here you will do well to tarry; here our highest good is pleasure.