In the poem “To a Mouse,” a farmer speaks to a mouse about the unfortunate incident where he plowed up the mouse’s nest. The event is seen as regrettable because it was unintended and because the mouse needs its nest to live through the winter. The farmer laments the fact that both have to work so hard to survive but ultimately lands on the fact that, though the mouse’s nest is destroyed, the mouse is better off than the narrator himself because he lives in the present and doesn’t have to dread the future.
Note: The poem is originally in phonetically in a Scottish dialect, which can make it hard to read. You can find an excellent alternate transcription on Wikipedia.
The first three stanzas of the poem lament the fall of the mouse's house and explore the feelings...
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