All five incorporate at least one of the themes found in the text and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement.
To a Mouse This poem was included in the Kilmarnock Volume.
Burns first book of poems. Burns had a knowledge of traditional verse forms but used the Standard Habbie so extensively that it has become known as the Burns Stanza To A Mouse On turning her up in her nest with the plough, Nov " is a friendly address. In this poem Burns identifies the animal with the human world, although the poem is essentially about himself.
Further details of this CD can be viewed here. The mouse is interesting to him because its plight reminds him of his own. The comparison, however, is neither forced nor sentimental, and the gap between the world of mice and men is bridged by friendly compassion.
The poem has charm and vigour, as well as technical skill. It is true that the Burns family suffered from oppression and poverty and it is often suggested that this is the context behind the poem.
This is only partly true. The lines do depict a single man and a single mood but that mood is placed before us in such a way as to exclude such irrelevant particulars as the specific cause of Burns grief and fears in November These griefs and fears are common to all men and women at all periods of human history.
It is the most individual yet at the same time the most universal expression of loss and destruction, of personal insecurity and anxiety, that Burns was able to attain.
Burns raises the mouse to to man's level and no level, as far as Burns sees it, is worthier, more dignified or more noble than that of humanity. It is not primarily of himself that Burns is thinking but of his own experience as representative of all mankind's. He opens with a direct address.
The effective pause after the first four lines adds emphasis to the statement of Burns attitude in the last two lines. Lesser practitioners of this verse form tended to make the pause consistently after the first two lines, so that the last four came together as a unit.
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee Wi' murdering pattle! Sleekit in this instance does not mean sly or cunning but sleek coated as in shiny fur.
A pattle is a farmers implement, a small spade-like tool used for cleaning the plough. It gives us a momentary flash of a philosophical view of an order in nature, which is not made the subject of moralizing but only lightly suggested.
Light though the suggestion is, it swells out and provides an implicit moral base for the poem. There is no real pause at all in this verse. I'm truly sorry man's dominion Has broken Nature's social union An' justifies that ill opinion Which makes thee startle At me, thy poor, earth-born companion An' fellow mortal!
Having at the end of both of these verses made the bridge between the mouse and himself, he leaves this unused, returning to it at the end of the poem. He goes on to build up a picture of the present plight of the mouse, contrasting it with the confident plans it had laid for the future.
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve What then? A daimen icker in a thrave 'S a sma' request I'll get a blessin' wi' the lave An' never miss't! Daimen means rare or occasional, icker is 1 ear of corn, a thrave is a measure of cut grain consisting of 2 stooks of 12 sheaves each.
The lave is the remainder. That line therefore translates as "We should not grudge the occasional grain out of our huge store" Verse 4. Note the effective use of the diminutive "wee bit housie" to strengthen the note of friendly concern.
Again the pause after the first four lines and the strong close of the stanza.
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John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck's choosing of the title Of Mice and Men was derived from this poem To a Mouse and deliberately misses out the rest of the verse The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, gang aft agley, an' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain for promis'd joy!..
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