Few poets anywhere in the world can have acquired such
unchallengeable status as national icons as Robert Burns: even
readers who know nothing else about Scottish literature, or about
Scotland at all, know that Burns is Scotland's national poet. Given
the fact, as it incontrovertibly is, that Scotland in its long
history has produced far more than a small country's fair share of
gifted poets, the extent to which Burns has, in popular thought,
dwarfed or eclipsed virtually all …
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McClure, J. Derrick. "Robert Burns". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=659, accessed 26 April 2017.]
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