Why do you think Rubert Burns chose to use dialect in "John Anderson,My Jo?"

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To me, the use of the dialect in this poem makes the sentiments in the poem seem more realistic and heart-felt.

The basic idea of this poem is that the speaker is still in love with her husband even though they are getting old.  I feel that this theme is...

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To me, the use of the dialect in this poem makes the sentiments in the poem seem more realistic and heart-felt.

The basic idea of this poem is that the speaker is still in love with her husband even though they are getting old.  I feel that this theme is conveyed more effectively through dialect than it would be through formal language.

The reason for that is that dialect is sort of a homey, intimate language.  It is quite suitable for a couple that has been together for so long and is so comfortable together.

 

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