Ode to a haggis

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By Brenda Williamspoet

Use a lively Burns Night poem to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the famous Scottish poet

Scottish Highland illustration

Surrounded in mystery about its origins and contents, the haggis has baffled all but the Scots themselves. One joker even created the myth that the haggis was a small furry creature, with four legs, two of which were shorter than the others, so that it could stand more easily on the steep sides of the Scottish Highlands without falling over! It is on this myth, and the reverence with which the haggis is piped in on Burns Night, that the hoax poem, on the first of the ‘Robert Burns’ activity sheets ‘First Catch Your Haggis!’ is based. When celebrating the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns, don’t forget to display the stunning poster of him so that the children can put a face to the famous name.


  1. A Scottish feast
  2. Haggis, neeps & tatties
  3. Writing a hoax poem
  4. Fantasy haggis
  5. Chieftain of the pudding race
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  1. laura
    on 7 January 2014

    burns ideas sorted

    What a really refreshing way of introducing Burns to children and getting them to write their own poetry and odes.
    Such a fantastic resources, can't wait to try some of these ideas. Thank you

  2. troy trainor
    on 25 November 2013


    really good for wee and older children I would recommend it to others and all over the world.