Aside from the Robins we see in the gardens or countryside is the bird expressed through poetry and prose. Robins are seemingly more embedded in our culture than the Skylark and the Nightingale. What is more, there is a higher chance of seeing a Robin rather than a Nightingale in Berkeley Square!
Art thou the bird whom man loves best,
The pious bird with the scarlet breast,
Our little English Robin...
"The Redbreast chasing the butterfly"
William Wordsworth 1806
Writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare onto Anne and Emily Bronte, Robert Burns, William Wordsworth & Ted Hughes to name a few have mentioned Robins in the poetry and prose. However critics say there are no truly great Robin poems. The great poems featuring birds are written mainly about heroic, elusive creatures like the aforementioned Nightingale and Skylark. Despite this we simply love the Robin.