Playing with words: Crafting a “Found Poem” and “tak a right guid-willie waught”

Robert Burns“Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.” (From Poets.org)

Words passed down word of mouth, through generations until a poet pens the lyric may be considered a “found poem.”

Poet Robert Burns fashioned the following famous song from traditional words. In a letter to a friend, he wrote: “…is not the Scotch phrase Auld Lang syne exceedingly expressive? There is an old song and tune which has often thrilled through my soul…” **

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

~

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne!

~

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,

And surely I’ll be mine,

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne!

~

We twa hae run about  the braes,

And pou’d the gowans fine,

But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit

Sin’ auld lang syne!

~

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn

Frae morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roar’d

Sin’ auld lang syne.

~

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,

And gie’s a hand o’ thine,

And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught

For auld lang syne!

~

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

For auld lang syne!

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Come back on January 10th to see what  Kimberlee Conway Ireton’s muse has fashioned. Until then,

mind “your pint-stowp”

as you “run about  the braes”

and “tak a right guid-willie waught”

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** Song and note from: Burns, Robert. Robert Burns’s Poems. New York.: Thomas Y. Crowell, Company, 1900.

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