Comin Through the Rye

Chorus

O, Jenny `s a' weet, poor body,

Jenny's seldom dry;

She draigl't a' her petticoatie,

Comin' thro' the rye!

I

Comin thro' the rye, poor body,

Comin thro' the rye,

She draigl't a' her petticoatie,

Comin thro' the rye!

II

Gin a body meet a body

Comin thro' the rye,

Gin a body kiss a body,

Need a body cry?

III

Gin a body meet a body

Comin thro' the glen,

Gin a body kiss a body,

Need the warld ken?

Chorus

O, Jenny `s a' weet, poor body,

Jenny's seldom dry;

She draigl't a' her petticoatie,

Comin' thro' the rye!

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

1. Summarize in a sentence or two the situation and mood of Burnsí poem.

 

 

2. In what ways has reading the Burnsí poem helped you understand the title of Salingerís novel?

 

 

3. Locate lines from Salinger that seem to echo or parallel lines or situations in the poem. Record your answers on the back.