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

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” (Katherine Mansfield)

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