Robert Burns
Ayrshire / Scotland
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A Man's A Man For A' That

Rating: 3.3
Is there for honesty poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave - we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that?
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Flonkbob 14 September 2020
1st stanza 1st line: " ...honest poverty" 7th line: " ...their rank"
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Adeeb Alfateh 04 July 2019
A price can mak a belted knight, A marquise, duke, an' a' that; But an honest man's aboon his might, Gude faith, he maunna fa' that! For a' that, an' a' that, Their dignities an' a' that, The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth, Are higher rank than a' that. it's a great write greatly love it great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Fatema 04 August 2018
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Peter Hill 01 February 2018
No matter your status or your wealth when we go before our maker we are all equals. Our world could be so much better if we let a little Burns into out lives.
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Linda Smith 30 January 2018
Love the writings of Robert Burns...and have since High school Linda Smith
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Chinedu Dike 27 January 2017
Beautiful poem with rendition of words to utmost justice.
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Bill Wright 17 April 2016
There is a very important line missing from the last verse as published here. If you look carefully you will see the last verse only has 7 lines instead of 8. The missing line comes after For a' that... and should read It's coming yet, for a' that, . Burns was an international socialist centuries ahead of his time, he fervently believed that all men are born equal, and many Scots share that sentiment with him.
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Before god all are equal. Great imaginations and counsel in the poem. I likes it.
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Robert’s main theme lies in “pith o’ sense and pride o’ worth.” No matter what his or her station in life is, no person is above another. Their inner core (pith) , their brain gives them pride (worth) .
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Martha Bayenda 13 March 2013
Burns defined what an honest man was. An honest man can not be bribed by class, an honest man may be a poor man but an honest man is an independent man.
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