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R OBERT B URNS. T HE MAN , T HE M YTH , T HE L EGEND. T HE B EGINNING OF R OBERT B URNS. Although his family was poor, his father wanted to give him a good education. Robert Burns was the oldest of seven children

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R obert b urns

ROBERT BURNS

THEMAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND


T he b eginning of r obert b urns

THE BEGINNINGOF ROBERT BURNS

  • Although his family was poor, his father wanted to give him a good education.

  • Robert Burns was the oldest of seven children

  • Robert Burns did his part to work on his father's farm that his father bought on Mt. Oliphant. Working there seemed to have strained Robert's physique.

  • His family moved to Lochea in 1771. Here Burns went to the neighboring town Irvine to learn flax dressing; however, the only thing that came out of this was that he met a sailor ,who Robert Burns claims to have inspired his immoral journeys in his life.

  • He joined the free mason's in 1781 and was an active member during his life. He obtained the degree of Royal Arch in 1787


A dulthood and c areer

ADULTHOODAND CAREER

  • Robert Burns started becoming intimate with Jean Armour, and Jean's father attempted to overthrow this marriage so Burns decided to emigrate to the West Indies. To raise funds for his emigration he publishedKilmarnock, in 1786. These poems were suprisingly successful.

  • He had fourteen children, nine out of wedlock, which led to public persecution

  • Due to this success of his poems instead of sailing to the West Indies he haded to Edinburgh

  • This success caused him to be regularly married to Jean Armour, and with the money he made from the success was able to help fund his brother's farm

  • He tried farming in Ellisland for another three years, but when his attempts proved futile he and his family moved from Ellisland to Dumfries.

  • Voted most famous Scot by a Scottish TV station in 2009.


R obert b urns s s tyle

ROBERT BURNS'S STYLE

  • Robert Burns wrote a lot about the cultural identity in Scotland,sexuality,and poverty.

  • He also expressed in his work about Radicalism and Republicanism, which was relevant to his time because of the French Revolution.

  •  It has been said that Burns emotions were very ranged some suggest he suffered from manic depression. However, there is no vital evidence of this claim.

  •  Burns's satirical, despcriptive, and playful verse arfe products of his sense of humor.

  •  The dialect he used brought a much needed freshness to the original english romantic poetry

  •  Influenced American author John Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men


T o a l oose

TO A LOOSE

  • Ha! whaur ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie? Your impudence protects you sairly; I canna say but ye strunt rarely, Owre gauze and lace; Tho', faith! I fear ye dine but sparely On sic a place. Ye ugly, creepin, blastit wonner, Detested, shunn'd by saunt an' sinner, How daur ye set your fit upon her- Sae fine a lady? Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner On some poor body.


T o a l ouse

TOA LOUSE

Swith! in some beggar's haffet squattle; There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle, Wi' ither kindred, jumping cattle, In shoals and nations; Whaur horn nor bane ne'er daur unsettle 

Your thick plantations.

Now haud you there! ye're out o' sight, Below the fatt'rils, snug an' tight; Na, faith ye yet! ye'll no be right, Till ye've got on it --- The vera tapmost, tow'ring height O' miss's bonnet.


T o a l ouse1

TOA LOUSE

My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose ouAs plump an' grey as onie grozet: O for some rank, mercurial rozet, Or fell, red smeddum, I'd gie ye sic a hearty dose o't, 

Wad dress your droddum!

I wad na been surpris'd to spy You on an auld wife's flainen toy: Or aiblins some bit duddie boy, On's wyliecoat; But Miss's fine Lunardi! fye! How daur ye do't.


T o a l ouse2

TOA LOUSE

O Jenny, dinna toss your head, An' set your beauties a' abread! You little ken what cursed speed The blastie's makin! Thae winks an' finger-ends, I dread, Are notice takin'!

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion: What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, An' ev'n devotion!


Robert burns

To A Louse Analysis

  • In the first stanza the speaker notices a bug crawling up a woman's body.The speaker then starts to ask the bug as well as himself were it is going.The speaker assumes that the bug has been in the woman's hair and that it has been taken good care.

  •  In the second stanza the speaker is upset that the bug wants to say in the fine lady's hair.

  •  In the third stanza he tells the bug to go find other bugs of his kind and go to the body of a poorer person rather than a rich person.

  • The fourth stanza he goes on to say that the bug won't be satisfied until it reaches the top of the hat of the find lady.

  • The sixth stanza is where the speaker states that he wouldn't be surprise to see the louse in an old lady's head or even the inside of a little boy, but not a fine lady.

  •  Stanza seven the speaker is saying to this women named Jenny that if only she knew that the louse was in her head knocking down the beauty she presents


T o a louse continued

TOALOUSE (CONTINUED)

  •  Stanza seven the speaker is saying to this women named Jenny that if only she knew that the louse was in her head knocking down the beauty she presents as she is noticing something is in her hair.

  •  The last stanza the speaker says that if only people had the power to see oursevles as others do then people would be free from there own faults.

  • Theme:' If one could see oneself as others do, then one would realize one's faults, and be freed of many mistakes .'


T o a m ouse

TOA MOUSE

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. 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!


T o a m ouse cont

TOA MOUSE (CONT.)

I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve; What then? poor beastie, thou maun live! A daimen icker in a thrave 'S a sma' request; I'll get a blessin wi' the lave, An' never miss't.Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin! It's silly wa's the win's are strewin! An' naething, now, to big a new ane, O' foggage green! An' bleak December's win's ensuin, Baith snell an' keen!


T o a m ouse cont1

TOA MOUSE (CONT.)

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste, An' weary winter comin fast, An' cozie here, beneath the blast, Thou thought to dwell, Till crash! the cruel coulter past Out thro' thy cell.That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble, Has cost thee monie a weary nibble! Now thou's turned out, for a' thy trouble, But house or hald, To thole the winter's sleety dribble, An' cranreuch cauld.


T o a m ouse cont2

TOA MOUSE (CONT.)

But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!Still thou are blest, compared wi' me! The present only toucheth thee: But och! I backward cast my e'e, On prospects drear! An' forward, tho' I canna see, I guess an' fear!


T o a m ouse a nalysis

TOA MOUSE ANALYSIS

Stanza 1 – In stanza one Burns addresses a mouse that he sees in some heavy Scottish dialect. He describes the mouse as something that is scared. Burns then tells the mouse that he does not want to chase it.

Stanza 2 – Stanza two brings a shift of dialect. Burns tells the mouse the reason that humans chase it is because we are broken away from our nature, and for this he apologizes to the mouse.

Stanza 3 - The poem shifts back to the heavy Scottish dialect. Burn understands that the mouse needs to steal an occasional ear of corn to live, but it is ok because the mouse needs to live so Burns does not mind.


T o a m ouse a nalysis cont

TOA MOUSE ANALYSIS (CONT.)

Stanza 4 – Burns reflects on how the mouse’s house has been destroyed by his own plow, and now the mouse has nothing to make a new house out of. Burns feels especially bad because it is winter so the mouse will probably die.

Stanza 5 – Burns begins to describe how the mouse was once prepared for winter because it saw winter’s fast approach, but because of Burn’s plow destroying her home she is no longer ready for the winter.

Stanza 6 – Burns talks about how the house that the mouse spent a lot of time making is now gone, and now has to live though winter with nothing.


T o a m ouse a nalysis cont1

TO A MOUSE ANALYSIS (CONT.)

Stanza 7 – The beginning of this stanza marks a shift where Burns begins to tell the mouse that he is not alone, and that foresight usually ends in vain.

Stanza 8 – Burns tells the mouse that is better off than he is and that although he cannot see the future he still tries to guess what will happen so he can prepare as well as fear the parts of the future he cannot see.

Throughout the poem Robert Burns develops the theme of respecting life no matter how small. A live and let live mentality.However, In the second part of the poem Robert Burns seems to develop a second theme of one can never truly prepare for the future for it is unknown.


What did you find

 What did you find?

  • Dialect

  • Speech characteristic of a particular region or group.

  • Rhyme

  • In each stanza, the first line rhymes with the second, third, and fifth, and the fourth line rhymes with the sixth. Therefore, the rhyme scheme is aaabab. The types of end rhyme used include masculine rhyme, as in thrave and lave (Lines 15 and 17); feminine rhyme, as in blast and past (Lines 27 and 29); and near rhyme, as in startle and mortal (Lines 10 and 12).

  • Meter

  • The first, second, third, and fifth lines of each stanza are in iambic tetrameter, rhyme with four measures. The fourth and sixth lines of each stanza are in iambic dimeter, a line of poetry consisting of two metrical feet.


To a mouse

To a Mouse

•Diminutives

Burns uses diminutives such as beastie and Mousie to suggest smallness and to endear the mouse to the reader. Webster's Dictionary & Thesaurus defines diminutive as "a word or name formed from another by the addition of a suffix expressing smallness in size, or sometimes, endearment or aloofness.

  • Personification

    (line 26) “An’ weary winter comin fast”


To a louse

To a Louse

  • The same rhyme scheme in To a Mouse is found throughout To a Louse. (aaabab)

    “Ha! whare ye gaun' ye crowlin ferlie?Your impudence protects you sairly;I canna say but ye strunt rarelyOwre gauze and lace,Tho faith! I fear ye dine but sparelyOn sic a place.”

  • Metaphor

    (Lines 24-25) My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out, As plump and gray

    as onie grozet

  • Alliteration

    (Line 14) “and sprawl, and sprattle”

  • Allusion

    (Line 15) jumping cattle

  • Hyperbole

    (Line 7) “Ye ugly, creepin’, blastit wonner,


B ibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Robert Burns - About Robert Burns." Electric Scotland Is All about the History of Scotland 

         and the Scots. Web. 15 Dec. 2010. <http://www.electricscotland.com/burns/rburns.html>.


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