Out Over The Forth By Robert Burns

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Type: Song

Out over the Forth, I look to the North;
But what is the north and its Highlands to me?
The south nor the east gie ease to my breast,
The far foreign land, or the wide rolling sea.

But I look to the west when I gae to rest,
That happy my dreams and my slumbers may be;
For far in the west lives he I loe best,
The man that is dear to my babie and me.

Burns has to be my favourite poet , if not my favourite. I was sitting looking out over the forth today and this poem talked to me and touched my heart. I had to share it.

Why Is Happiness So Hard To Find In Art?

She said It was depressing, but then life always was a bitter lesson. 

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Why is happiness so hard to find in art? Was a question that plagued my mind today. Maybe its because we’re all miserable cows or perhaps its because most adults don’t relate to tales about happy, content little bunny rabbits.

As a child, I was as joyful as most but as I grew I became more withdrawn and well.  Depressed. Neurosis plagued me from a young age. Whenever we played piggy in the middle I was always the piggy who could never catch any of my friends. In team sports, I was always last to be picked. At playtime, my peers always had better biscuits and would never share with me. Bitter resentment grew in me towards life. I wanted an answer. I wanted the truth. Books were a source of escapism for me. As cliche as it sounds, I was the book worm of the class. Yet I wouldn’t say this made me the smartest. I still struggled with figures and somehow my reports never got a place on that wall, nor did I get into the final of the scots verse team despite having a passion for burns from a young age. I can still recite Epistle To Hugh parker word for word a poem that was forgotten and pushed into the shadows by most.

In high school, it seemed my anxiety came to a peak. Out of the hundreds of young adults, I struggled to find friends. Yet this wasn’t a place you wanted to be associated with books at lunchtimes, or at least not in my school. At break times I would line up in the dinner card que only for the single reason not to look like a loner. I cared too much about what people thought, but don’t we all?

However back to the question at hand. Why is art so depressing. Or why are artists so depressing. Why did Plath put her head in an oven, why did Van Gough paint beautiful flowers and then chop off his ear and then later blow out his brains? Why are we all so mental? Is it because life is mental, do we deep down need a reason as to why we exist? Why did Stalin and Hitler kill millions? Why did Andrew Carnegie exploit his workers despite growing up poor, why did burns preach about freedom then desire to be a slave driver? Why? Why? Why? We Ask. I wish I could give you an answer. Pain, money, hate, emptiness, mental illness. Death.

I think my opinion is that we need art to give us a reason to live. We see ourselves through others. It gives us meaning. Perhaps it’s not that art is depressing, maybe it’s just too close to the truth.

What do you like most about Scotland 10 facts ?

1. I love irn bru diet and full fat

2. I love Edinburgh the city of literature and am lucky to live right next door to it.

3. I love batters sasuasage and chips from the chippy ( Can’t beat it)

4. I love the Edinburgh dungeons and the Edinburgh museum especially the veiw you get for the veiw top terrest.

5 I LOVE our literature we still hold top place in the world I love scottish poetry especially Norman MaCciah and Robert Burns.

6 I love how friendly we are how you can go out for a drink and get chatting to anyone

7 I love the fourth just walking along tbe beach starring out into the forth is the closest you will get to heaven.

9 I like shortbread and fudge and tablet and haggis all the stereotypical foods.

10 I love Hogmany and burns night

The Scottish Tag !!!

 

Where is your favourite place to visit in Scotland ? – Emm …probably  Glasgow because of it’s great music scene as I like gigs , or Livingston for the shopping . Else that  Inchcolm because of the great ruins and it’s a nice wee trip.

Where would you like to visit in Scotland ? -The Outer Hebrides as I wan’t to go somewhere quiet that had beautiful scenery . Scottish cities I would like to visit are Aberdeen because I’ve never been there. And Glasgow as I wan’t to check out the culture and Art scene .

What Is your favourite Scottish film? – Eh to be honest there’s not that many Scottish films out there apart from Trainspotting which I haven’t watched as I’ve never read the book so wouldn’t want to ruin it , although I’ve heard the film is very good. I’m gonna say Open Season even though it’s not a Scottish film but it has Billy Connolly in it (oh well) . Also It’s not a film but Waterloo Road because it was my favourite program. #bringbackwaterlooroad

Do you match up to any Scottish Stereotypes? Probably. I used to do Scottish Highland dancing when I was younger. I also don’t eat that healthily. And I’m quite frugal with my money.

What Is your favourite Scottish food ? –  I like shortbread and also Scottish fish such as haddock that you get from the chippy. Although I’m gonna be honest and say I’m not a big fan of Irn-Bru. (Or my stomach isn’t would be more accurate)

Do you follow any Scottish Traditions ? – eh I celebrate Hogmany but I think that is it. Hogmany is quite a big thing in Scotland. Scottish people really like a party. We have two cultural holidays on the side of Christmas and Easter . St Andrews day and Burns night.  We like to use these night as an excuse to have a ceilidh ( a Scottish dance party.)

What Is Your favourite Scottish word? – Aye diny Ken ??

What Is Your Favourite Scottish Song – ooooohh There is so many!!!!! My favourite band are Glaswegian so I’m gonna have to say  Free by Twin Atlantic (Great Song!!) . Or Auld Lyne Syne.

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