Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tam o Shanter the poetry of Robert Burns

The poetry of Robert Burns is full of Scottish names and places and indeed everyday language. Just how much of this can you understand? By the way, not sure google translate will help!

When chapman billies leave the street, 
And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet; 
As market days are wearing late, 
And folk begin to tak the gate, 
While we sit bousing at the nappy, 
An' getting fou and unco happy, 
We think na on the lang Scots miles, 
The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles, 
That lie between us and our hame, 
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame, 
Gathering her brows like gathering storm, 
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm. 

This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter, 
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter: 
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, 
For honest men and bonie lasses). 

O Tam! had'st thou but been sae wise, 
As taen thy ain wife Kate's advice! 
She tauld thee weel thou was a skellum, 
A blethering, blustering, drunken blellum; 
That frae November till October, 
Ae market-day thou was na sober; 
That ilka melder wi' the Miller, 
Thou sat as lang as thou had siller; 
That ev'ry naig was ca'd a shoe on 
The Smith and thee gat roarin' fou on; 
That at the Lord's house, ev'n on Sunday, 
Thou drank wi' Kirkton Jean till Monday, 
She prophesied that late or soon, 
Thou wad be found, deep drown'd in Doon, 
Or catch'd wi' warlocks in the mirk, 
By Alloway's auld, haunted kirk. 

Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet, 
To think how mony counsels sweet, 
How mony lengthen'd, sage advices, 
The husband frae the wife despises! 

But to our tale: Ae market night, 
Tam had got planted unco right, 
Fast by an ingle, bleezing finely, 
Wi reaming sAats, that drank divinely; 
And at his elbow, Souter Johnie, 
His ancient, trusty, drougthy crony: 
Tam lo'ed him like a very brither; 
They had been fou for weeks thegither. 
The night drave on wi' sangs an' clatter; 
And aye the ale was growing better: 
The Landlady and Tam grew gracious, 
Wi' favours secret, sweet, and precious: 
The Souter tauld his queerest stories; 
The Landlord's laugh was ready chorus: 
The storm without might rair and rustle, 
Tam did na mind the storm a whistle. 

Care, mad to see a man sae happy, 
E'en drown'd himsel amang the nappy. 
As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure, 
The minutes wing'd their way wi' pleasure: 
Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, 
O'er a' the ills o' life victorious! 

But pleasures are like poppies spread, 
You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed; 
Or like the snow falls in the river, 
A moment white-then melts for ever; 
Or like the Borealis race, 
That flit ere you can point their place; 
Or like the Rainbow's lovely form 
Evanishing amid the storm. - 
Nae man can tether Time nor Tide, 
The hour approaches Tam maun ride; 
That hour, o' night's black arch the key-stane, 
That dreary hour he mounts his beast in; 
And sic a night he taks the road in, 
As ne'er poor sinner was abroad in. 

The wind blew as 'twad blawn its last; 
The rattling showers rose on the blast; 
The speedy gleams the darkness swallow'd; 
Loud, deep, and lang, the thunder bellow'd: 
That night, a child might understand, 
The deil had business on his hand. 

Weel-mounted on his grey mare, Meg, 
A better never lifted leg, 
Tam skelpit on thro' dub and mire, 
Despising wind, and rain, and fire; 
Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet, 
Whiles crooning o'er some auld Scots sonnet, 
Whiles glow'rin round wi' prudent cares, 
Lest bogles catch him unawares; 
Kirk-Alloway was drawing nigh, 
Where ghaists and houlets nightly cry. 

By this time he was cross the ford, 
Where in the snaw the chapman smoor'd; 
And past the birks and meikle stane, 
Where drunken Charlie brak's neck-bane; 
And thro' the whins, and by the cairn, 
Where hunters fand the murder'd bairn; 
And near the thorn, aboon the well, 
Where Mungo's mither hang'd hersel'. 
Before him Doon pours all his floods, 
The doubling storm roars thro' the woods, 
The lightnings flash from pole to pole, 
Near and more near the thunders roll, 
When, glimmering thro' the groaning trees, 
Kirk-Alloway seem'd in a bleeze, 
Thro' ilka bore the beams were glancing, 
And loud resounded mirth and dancing. 

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn! 
What dangers thou canst make us scorn! 
Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil; 
Wi' usquabae, we'll face the devil! 
The swats sae ream'd in Tammie's noddle, 
Fair play, he car'd na deils a boddle, 
But Maggie stood, right sair astonish'd, 
Till, by the heel and hand admonish'd, 
She ventur'd forward on the light; 
And, wow! Tam saw an unco sight! 

Warlocks and witches in a dance: 
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France, 
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels, 
Put life and mettle in their heels. 
winnock-bunker in the east, 
There sat auld Nick, in shape o' beast; 
A towzie tyke, black, grim, and large, 
To gie them music was his charge: 
He screw'd the pipes and gart them skirl, 
Till roof and rafters a' did dirl. - 
Coffins stood round, like open presses, 
That shaw'd the Dead in their last dresses; 
And (by some devilish cantraip sleight) 
Each in its cauld hand held a light. 
By which heroic Tam was able 
To note upon the haly table, 
A murderer's banes, in gibbet-airns; 
Twa span-lang, wee, unchristened bairns; 
A thief, new-cutted frae a rape, 
Wi' his last gasp his gabudid gape; 
Five tomahawks, wi' blude red-rusted: 
Five scimitars, wi' murder crusted; 
A garter which a babe had strangled: 
A knife, a father's throat had mangled. 
Whom his ain son of life bereft, 
The grey-hairs yet stack to the heft; 
Wi' mair of horrible and awfu', 
Which even to name wad be unlawfu'.
Three lawyers tongues, turned inside oot,
Wi' lies, seamed like a beggars clout,
Three priests hearts, rotten, black as muck,
Lay stinkin, vile in every neuk.

As Tammie glowr'd, amaz'd, and curious, 
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious; 
The Piper loud and louder blew, 
The dancers quick and quicker flew, 
The reel'd, they set, they cross'd, they cleekit, 
Till ilka carlin swat and reekit, 
And coost her duddies to the wark, 
And linkit at it in her sark! 

Now Tam, O Tam! had they been queans, 
A' plump and strapping in their teens! 
Their sarks, instead o' creeshie flainen, 
Been snaw-white seventeen hunder linen!- 
Thir breeks o' mine, my only pair, 
That ance were plush o' guid blue hair, 
I wad hae gien them off my hurdies, 
For ae blink o' the bonie burdies! 
But wither'd beldams, auld and droll, 
Rigwoodie hags wad spean a foal, 
Louping an' flinging on a crummock. 
I wonder did na turn thy stomach. 

But Tam kent what was what fu' brawlie: 
There was ae winsome wench and waulie 
That night enlisted in the core, 
Lang after ken'd on Carrick shore; 
(For mony a beast to dead she shot, 
And perish'd mony a bonie boat, 
And shook baith meikle corn and bear, 
And kept the country-side in fear); 
Her cutty sark, o' Paisley harn, 
That while a lassie she had worn, 
In longitude tho' sorely scanty, 
It was her best, and she was vauntie. 
Ah! little ken'd thy reverend grannie, 
That sark she coft for her wee Nannie, 
Wi twa pund Scots ('twas a' her riches), 
Wad ever grac'd a dance of witches! 

But here my Muse her wing maun cour, 
Sic flights are far beyond her power; 
To sing how Nannie lap and flang, 
(A souple jade she was and strang), 
And how Tam stood, like ane bewithc'd, 
And thought his very een enrich'd: 
Even Satan glowr'd, and fidg'd fu' fain, 
And hotch'd and blew wi' might and main: 
Till first ae caper, syne anither, 
Tam tint his reason a thegither, 
And roars out, "Weel done, Cutty-sark!" 
And in an instant all was dark: 
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied. 
When out the hellish legion sallied. 

As bees bizz out wi' angry fyke, 
When plundering herds assail their byke; 
As open pussie's mortal foes, 
When, pop! she starts before their nose; 
As eager runs the market-crowd, 
When "Catch the thief!" resounds aloud; 
So Maggie runs, the witches follow, 
Wi' mony an eldritch skreich and hollow. 

Ah, Tam! Ah, Tam! thou'll get thy fairin! 
In hell, they'll roast thee like a herrin! 
In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin! 
Kate soon will be a woefu' woman! 
Now, do thy speedy-utmost, Meg, 
And win the key-stone o' the brig;^1 
There, at them thou thy tail may toss, 
A running stream they dare na cross. 
But ere the keystane she could make, 
The fient a tail she had to shake! 
For Nannie, far before the rest, 
Hard upon noble Maggie prest, 
And flew at Tam wi' furious ettle; 
But little wist she Maggie's mettle! 
Ae spring brought off her master hale, 
But left behind her ain grey tail: 
The carlin claught her by the rump, 
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump. 

Now, wha this tale o' truth shall read, 
Ilk man and mother's son, take heed: 
Whene'er to Drink you are inclin'd, 
Or Cutty-sarks rin in your mind, 
Think ye may buy the joys o'er dear; 
Remember Tam o' Shanter's mare.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Why building blocks are suggested toys for children

Generally, the children love toys especially soft toys and always want to play with them. Even though there are many numbers of toys available for kids, most of the child's specialists suggest building blocks for the children at small ages. The building blocks are so advisable toys for kids because those are helpful to improve their mind power and various abilities. Building blocks are also referred to as the educational Toys for children. These are a great deal for the small aged kids in developing different skills and abilities. The parents can find different types of building blocks for kids prepared by the different materials.

Benefits of building blocks for kids:

·         Developing intellectually – When the parents are purchasing building blocks toys for your kids, they will help developing intellectually. The blocks actually provide the children a chance to experience geometry, ground gravity, and also balance among others. During this play, kids get engaged in solving related problems thus building blocks develop skills in this process.

Your small ones concentrate when creating houses or towers to ensure they don't end up ruination which already available and it is quite useful. The blocks usually come with the mathematical concept to the children since they help develop, length and width comparison, shapes, counting, and more geometric skills. Basics of addition in math are also made very simple to discover with the help of the blocks in various sizes.

·         Bringing out creativity side of the kids – Building blocks Toys for children usually push them to make the best of their own creative sides. They simply and easily develop several ideas while playing to come up with the interesting constructions. Each kid wishes to be the best thus creativity is probably enhanced. The parents will be surprised by the block designs your little one can made while play.

Other advantages of building blocks toys:

·         Physical and social benefits – Humans are generally creative and also social while constructions. The kids usually obtain a chance of interacting with each other as they play together. They could work on the sets together to make creative constructions using the building blocks. At the end, they can learn how to cooperate with others and be responsible as they work together and share with others. When it comes to the physical benefits, building blocks toys for kids help in improving their motor skills. They have to use their fingers and hands to make their own creations. It helps improving hand and eye coordination.

·         Enhancing spatial reasoning – It is extremely beneficial having building blocks toys for your children. Building blocks designed in different colors, shapes, and also sizes, the children work too hard in determining their creations. In order to make wonderful creation than others, your child will look at the different colors and sizes and make his or her own. It is very helpful to improve their spatial reasoning skill.

The parents should take a responsibility to purchase building blocks toys for your kids in order to get all these physical and mental health benefits. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Choosing The Name Regarding The Baby - What You Want To Learn

Unsure exactly what baby names to choose between regarding the little baby? Introducing the club. The particular fact happens to be that when it comes to by far the most regular lookups on the web, little one names is on the top of the actual list. Coming from classic newborn names towards unique versions, moms and dads learn that the particular name associated with a kid happens to be far more compared to simply a number of letters - it retains meaning as well as value for both the child and also the actual household.

The particular fact regarding child names happens to be that these are much like trend somewhat. There's a period by means of that trend comes and goes. The actual names grow to be well-liked, a lot of people select them and they grow to be unpopular once more. Nevertheless as time passes, the actual recognition comes back. Brand new ones usually become chucked into the blend due to affect regarding movies and also the television. Indeed, stars have an effect on the appearance of brand-new names nevertheless the actual reality is the fact that popular names always stay. 

Men and women have a tendency to decide on the names regarding the grandma and grandpa with regard to their particular children as well. Biblical names happen to be in addition at all times a trendy selection.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Very Best Location To Uncover The Little One Names On-line

On the subject of having a newborn, the approach to choosing the actual newborn name is equally demanding and also entertaining. The little one's name will end up being an introduction to the actual sort of particular person she or he is. Father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, friends, sisters and brothers, and also loved ones will certainly end up being sharing their own advice and ideas in aiding you locate a name for your youngster. It happens to be a typical event whenever persons change the child name a number of times prior to settling for the final one. However at some point, you'll find several baby names that you prefer greatest.

It's not a bad idea to ask your friends and relations with regard to their own viewpoint whenever you've picked a couple of name options. If you are looking for a well-liked name then it's in addition a great idea to look into the actual prime names by means of calendar year or country or even both. Examples of this would be best UK names of 2014.

 No matter just what strategy you will opt for to find the best newborn name, the moment that will undoubtedly be achieved, you'll end up being sensing pride. You will furthermore not go overboard by means of looking at the particular names regarding different ethnicities such as Polish and also Japanese as one example. It happens to be in fact a fantastic choice to look into by far the most popular names in your country in case you wish to opt for a popular name.

 But, it happens to be likewise a fantastic concept to check out these in case you're trying to find a unique name for the youngster.