Burns Night in the Age of Brexit and Trump

Earlier this month, shortly before Donald Trump’s Inauguration, a panegyric made the rounds on social media. “Donald Trump to Pay Tribute to British Heritage at Inauguration with Poem About Scotland,” one headline declared. In turgid anapestic tetrameter, the poem lauds Trump as “a leader whose courage is true / Whose virtues are solid and long overdue.” It appeared to label President Obama a “tyrant” and Hillary Clinton one of many “hapless old harridans.” In the end, the...

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