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Scots poetry

Poetry in the Scots language began to be written down in the 14th century, 


 beginning with John Barbour’s ‘The Brus’, and continuing through the 15th and 16thcenturies. 

 The poetic revival of the 18th century led to the work of Robert Burns, and many others, and Scots poetry has continued to be composed in both general and regional forms down to the present day. Poetry probably remains the most common medium by which most Scottish people experience the fullness of Scots as a language and as a written, literary tradition.