For what reason does the speaker apologize to the mouse?

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The speaker of "To a Mouse" expresses his regret for having destroyed the mouse's winter shelter and having now given it cause to fear its fellow man.

This apology is certainly ironic as Robert Burns was the son of a tenant farmer, and farmers are rarely sympathetic to rodents and other animals who are destructive to crops or animal feed; in fact, these animals are usually...

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