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Robert Burns and Romanticism
Transcript of Robert Burns and Romanticism
"To a Mouse" The Reading of
"A Red, Red Rose" Connections to Romanticism Romanticism Defined
A movement in literature beginning in the 19th Century that stressed emotion, free play of imagination, and freedom from rules of form.
In more basic terms, Romanticism places an emphasis on the respect for nature, a use of the imagination, and an importance of individualism. Major Ideas
Author apologizes for the misfortune of the mouse
Appreciation for nature
Equality of all life forms
"At me, thy poor, earth-born companion, / An' fellow-mortal!"
The most carefully prepared plans may go awry Scottish Voice Over: Major Points
Melancholy view of love
Love is finite and will never be eternal
"And I will luve thee stll, my dear, / Till a' the seas gang dry"
The poem itself is a contemplation of the speaker's consciousness of time and the limits that time can place on human emotion Critical Analysis
Ian Crichton Smith
Deems "A Red, Red Rose" to be an example of the sentiments of a by-gone era, for today's society is incapable of enjoying such a direct foresight of an enduring relationship.
Modern writers are far more concerned with the "shadows", rendering them unable to conceive such permanency.
"A Red, Red Rose" is most well noted for the delicacy of its craft and the power of its expression. Critical Analysis
Franklyn Bliss Snyder
Through "To a Mouse", Burns manages to...
Turn a commonplace happening into a statement of universal truth
Discover the human condition in the situation of a field mouse
Distinguish human foresight from animal instinct
Reflect on the transitory nature of existence
John C. Weston
Burns extends outward from homely and lowly to the general realm of mankind, allowing the poet to convey a "grave, moral feeling" without preaching "To A Mouse"
The combination of Scottish and English dialect illustrates a sense of the farmer's emotions, revealing the presentation of complex Romantic ideas
Stresses Burns' freedom from the rules of form in society, for he equates himself and all of mankind to the seemingly insignificant field mouse, breaking the accepted subordinate importance of nature. "A Red, Red Rose"
Burns' treatment of time and beauty reveal an emphasis on emotion as well as a display of imagination through diction and metaphor
"O my Luve's like the melodie, / That's sweetly play'd in tune"
The author uses common language to reach the common person (DIALECT). THESIS STATEMENT: Through the combined use of common English and Scottish dialect within the poems "A Red, Red Rose" and "To A Mouse", Robert Burns illustrates the importance of human emotion and understanding in day-to-day life, ultimately demonstrating the literary shift from the Age of Enlightenment to Romanticism.