To a class of writers

Robert Burns by Alexander Naysmith

Robert Burns by Alexander Naysmith

1st year pupils studied To a Mouse by Robert Burns and then wrote their own versions, trying to ensure that they maintained the same metre, rhythm, rhyme scheme and general format, known as ‘Standard Habbie’

They also tried to include some Scots words where appropriate.

The rhyme scheme is known as ‘Standard Habbie‘ as the earliest use of it was in a poem called Habbie Simpson, the Piper of Kilbarchan‘ by Robert Sempill of Beltrees.

Click here to read their poems.

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