10 of the Best Poems about Mice and Rodents

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The best mouse poems

Are there really that many classic poems about mice, rats, and other rodents? Are there enough to compile a definitive ‘top ten’ list of the best mouse poems? We think so – and we hope the following collection of classic rodent poems supports such a claim. From classic children’s poems to satirical poems to poems about grief, these poems all use mice and other rodents to create great and memorable poetry.

Robert Henryson, ‘The Paddock and the Mouse’. Three centuries before Robert Burns would write his more famous poem about a mouse (see below), the fifteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Henryson wrote this, a verse translation of one of Aesop’s fables. It’s written in Middle Scots – the medieval Scots dialect – and tells of a mouse that wishes to cross a stream. A paddock (an old word for a frog) offers to help, with…

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