Poetry… Excellent

The BBC Scotland is going all out to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the poet Robert Burns. (It was January 25, in case you missed it.) They’ve put together a website on which you can find 178 recordings (so far) of Burns’ poems by notable Scots including Robert “Full Monty” Carlyle and the country’s First Minister–and two by honorary Scot HRH The Prince of Wales.

You can scan the poems by reader, by title, by year, and (my favorite) by theme; entries include “cuckoldry,” “anguish,” and the puzzling “jacobitism.” There’s even a podcast available.–David E