Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Robert Burns and Adam Smith

Did you know that Robert Burns famous poem, "To a Mouse," was inspired by Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments? (Source: Murray Pittock, A New History of Scotland)


  1. That sounds interesting. I never knew that. The only story I recall is the intro to the poem where it says he composed it upon turning up a mouse's home by accident with his plow...Or at least that is how I remember it...Could you give more details? Thank you.

  2. My source is Pittock's A New History of Scotland. The use of Smith is in Burn's sympathy for the mouse.


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