The Burns Monument, Ayr © Jenne Gray
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In no more than 250 words write a story inspired by ‘The Best Laid Schemes o’ Mice and Men Gang Aft Agley‘
The Medium Has the Message
This is crazy. Why did I even come here? Just because her stupid cat dies and she thinks he’ll come to her though a medium? She drags me along, and then it’s my name that’s called? There must be thousands of Janeys in the universe. I’m out of here. I’ve an essay to write on that Scottish poet. Choose a poem, they said. Write an essay, they said. What they didn’t say is how you’re meant to understand all that old Scots stuff.
What? No, I don’t know anybody called Kate. And who’s Tam? Her husband? Well I don’t know him either. Okay, if I don’t know them, how can I know Meg, whoever she is? Wait, she what now? Had her tail pulled out? This is ridic… Whoa, hang on a minute, could you ask him if his name’s Robert? It is? Robert Burns? Really? Now you’re talking. That’s Tam O’Shanter he’s quoting. He must want me to use that for my essay. *
What’s that? He says I’ve to choose A Man’s a Man for A’ That. He has to be kidding. Can you imagine what the PC brigade will make of that title? He’s adamant, is he? I’ve to take the last three lines as the heading for my essay and discuss them as he meant them and never mind the complainers? Okay, if that’s what he wants. Here goes…
It’s comin yet for a’ that
That Man to Man the warld o’er
Shall brithers be for a’ that. **
- Tam O’Shanter is one of Rabbie’s famous poems. It tells the story of a man who rides home late, after an evening in the inn with his cronies. On the way he becomes entangled with witches and warlocks, and it’s his horse that pays the price… It’s a fun poem and translations are available!
- ** It’s coming yet for all that, that man to man the world over shall brothers be for all that.