Robert Burns on Thames

Robert Burns on Thames

Burns is commemorated in public statues all over the world. Embankment Gardens is where he sits in London, with a very good view of Cleopatra’s Needle. He was once offered a job in London by The Star newspaper but declined.

{On the front of the plinth:}
“The poetic genius of my country found me at the
plough – and threw her inspiring mantle over me she
bade me sing the loves, the joys, the rural scenes and
rural pleasures of my native soil in my native tongue:
I tuned my wild, artless notes as she inspired.”

{On the paper at his feet at the left:}
“O sweet to stray, and pensive ponder a heartfelt sang.”

{On the sculpture, at the back:}
Sir John Steell, Sculptor, 1881, Edinr.

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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