Robert Burns – To A Mouse

Today we will explore a stanza of Robert Burns’ Poem “To A Mouse” and discuss the intertextual relationship between its message and that of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men

But Mousie, thou are 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!


thy-lane  = alone
Gang aft agley = often go wrong

(An annotated copy of the entire poem is available here)

The follow-up task is for everyone to express, in your own words, the inherent messages about dreams, loss and despair.

Author: Christopher Waugh

Secondary English teacher who, after 17 years, still can't imagine anything better than being in the classroom with my students. The lesson: always love what you do.

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