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‘Address to a Haggis’ (1786) is an essential component of traditional Burns Suppers.

This address is more than a celebration of a traditional ‘peasant’ dish. It is largely through Burns’s poem that the haggis has become a Scottish national symbol. This outcome could in part be because Burns himself is setting the haggis up as a symbol of Scots resilience, represented here by a dish said to have bred a hardy race of people. Burns contrasts such a diet with that of other nations, which fail to produce similar effects in the populace. In doing so, Burns is celebrating what is distinctive about Scottish culture.

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