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To a Mouse

To a Mouse

by Robert Burns

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #4

[…] thy poor, earth-born companion,
  An' fellow-mortal! (11-12)

The speaker claims that he has a lot in common with the mouse, after all—they're both poor, they're both inhabitants of the earth, and they're both mortal.

Quote #5

Till crash! the cruel coulter past
  Out thro' thy cell. (29-30)

The speaker personifies his plough when he calls it cruel. Again, the speaker emphasizes that the plough, a farming tool used to tame the wilderness and cultivate fields, is used to threaten or to hurt the mouse—and, by extension, all of nature.

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