HIS poetry is renowned for its passion and the annual celebration of his life is a chance for fans to let their hair down, lubricated by copious amounts of whisky.
So Pippa Middleton's suggestions of pompom thistles and a quiet game of cards for the perfect Burns Supper in her new book have met with consternation, to say the least.
She has been accused of producing a "twee" and "bland" guide to one of Scotland's most famous traditions.
Ms Middleton, who studied Scottish literature as part of her degree at Edinburgh University, should know better. The guide is included in her book, 'Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)