William Barnes (1801-1886).

On the 25 January, the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, will be celebrated around the world.  For some years now there has been a growing feeling that an English poet should likewise be honoured.

But which English poet’s work similarly combines dialect verse with a strong sense of place?  Perhaps the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes might fit the bill?

Find out more: In Praise of Dorset and William Barnes

Posted 24 January 2019 by Sherborne School Archives.

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