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To a Mouse

To a Mouse

by Robert Burns

To a Mouse: Why Are We Talking to a Mouse, Again? True or False

1. What's the opening situation? -> The speaker ran over a mouse's nest with his plough
2. Where does the poem take place? -> In London, England
3. What time of year is it? -> the beginning of winter
4. Why does the speaker pity the mouse? -> Because the mouse can't read poetry
5. Why does the speaker envy the mouse in the final stanza? -> Because the mouse doesn't have to worry about ploughing fields or supporting illegitimate children

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