Robert Burns. p. 720. Author Notes. 1759-1796 National poet of Scotland Farmer Poet of the ordinary people (used same dialect and subjects) Mother taught him old Scottish songs and stories, which he turned into poems. Author Notes cont’d.
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Recall a time when something in your life didn’t go as planned. For your journal entry, tell what the original plan was and where it went wrong. What lesson did you learn from this experience? And, finally, what could you have done differently to make your plans work out?
The speaker is plowing his field and accidentally destroys a mouse’s nest. He comments how man has broken the relationship between man and nature. The speaker realizes the mouse has lost his home for the winter. By the end of the poem, the speaker thinks about his own past and how plans have not worked out for him.
Apostrophe: Speaker talks to mouse after he destroys his home. He realizes through his speech that plans often go wrong.
Tone: The poem starts with a sad tone as the speaker feels bad about destroying the mouse’s house. After speaking to the mouse and reflecting on his own life, the speaker has regret. The poem grows more somber as the speaker realizes he has had many plans go awry.