Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hogmanay (and Auld Lang Syne)

Auld Lang Syne

Robert Burns can't have realised what he was starting when he wrote 'Should auld acquaintance be forgot' (Auld Lang Syne).

But do you realise just how much has been written about it?!  Staff and students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (and indeed, anyone with a current university connection) can look it up on JSTOR.  The database indexes thousands of scholarly journals, and gives you abstracts summarising content.  Hours of innocent amusement (if you look up Auld Lang Syne), or worthwhile study at other times of year!

You'll need to login to use it.

  • And here's a FREE resource: the World Digital Library.  You can find the original words by Robert Burns here, but you'll have to search cannily.  Search on Auld Langsyne (two words, not three!).  Here's the direct link if you're in a hurry.
  • 'Whittaker' dislikes the modern English translation for which Classic FM has just tweeted the link!  Oh, please!
  • Evidence that 'Auld Lang Syne' still resonates today?  No less than the Wall Street Journal had a piece by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, 'Visiting an Auld Acquaintance', earlier this week (27 December).  There's an Auld Lang Syne exhibition in New York until 2nd February 2012.

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