Notes on Robert Burns

Significance in Romanticism

  • expressing the personal – Scottish dialect, local settings where his readers/subjects would actually be
  • poetry for the people – Scottish dialect made his poetry more accessible to his audience, called “the People’s Poet”

“To A Mouse”

  • important use of subject – expanding on the thoughts/experiences of a mouse, taking something seemingly small/insignificant and making it important
  • questions of humanity and its relationship to animals and nature
    • stays small, local, personal in subject, but calls to something higher in these questions
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