Filmpoem director Alastair Cook invited Liz Lochhead, the former National Poet of Scotland, to choose four of Robert Burns’s poems and together with Italian composer Luca Nasciuti they have created beautiful interpretations of some of Burns’s most loved works: ‘Ode to Spring’, ‘I Murder Hate’, ‘Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation’ and ‘A Man’s a Man for a’ That’.
Pauline Mackay notes ‘Burns sent ‘Ode to Spring’ to George Thomson, the editor of A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs (1793-1818), in January 1795. Burns claimed that he was challenged by an acquaintance to produce an entirely original ‘Ode to Spring’ and responded with this bawdy, mock pastoral verse. Burns frequently sent bawdy verses to Thomson knowing that they would shock his somewhat prudent editor. However from his correspondence, Thomson received such verses in relatively good humour. ‘Ode to Spring’ also appeared in The Merry Muses (1799) under the alternative title ‘The Summer Morn’.’