Summary Of To A Mouse And To A Mouse

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In 1786, Robert Burns published his first line of poetry “Poems: Chiefly in Scottish Dialect” which made him well-known with the poems of “To a Mouse”, and “To a Louse”. His techniques included writing six lines for each stanza. The rhyme scheme to these lines consist of AAABA giving the first, second, third, and fifth lines four pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables. What I mean by if you stress the first syllable, the subject will be totally different than an unstressed subject. In his poetry, the fourth and sixth lines are different from the other lines. These two lines consist of two pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables which is similar to a limerick or a ballad. This essay will be a compare and contrast of his two poems To a Mouse, and To a Louse and a breakdown of these stanzas. In Burns’s poem of “To a Mouse”, his first stanza is talking about the destruction of a mouse’s nest as the character is doing his winter plowing. As he addresses the mouse he is reassuring the mouse there is no harm intended. It moves onto him, saying nature has been destroyed by man’s rule and how “man’s dominion” is the reason the mouse is afraid of man. The plowman’s humanity is described as “poor,” and the mouse’s “earth-born companion.” Daimen means rare or occasional, an icker is one ear of corn, and a thrave is a measure of cut grain. He says it’s not a big deal if the mouse takes an ear of corn every once in awhile and it’s not a huge request and it won’t be missed when
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