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A Red, Red Rose
A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

A Red, Red Rose Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Ballad and Common Meter (alternative iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter)This one's a classic, so it's no wonder it uses some of the most classic forms in all of poetry and music. "A Red, Red Ros...

Speaker

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to suss out the two most important qualities of our speaker. The dude's head over heels, prime time 100% in love with his bonnie lass. Oh, and he's Scottish.Other...

Setting

Rural ScotlandAs we mentioned in our "In a Nutshell" section, Robert Burns was The Poet of Scotland. In fact, in many ways, he still is today. His poems are Scottish through and through, and a big...

What's Up With the Title?

"A Red, Red Rose" is about a kind of love that will outlast even the destruction of the earth—the evaporation of the seas, the melting of rocks. It is a love so strong that the speaker would have...

Calling Card

Strange Scottish WordsRobert Burns is, without question, the most famous Scottish poet of all time, and one of the most well known poets of the later eighteenth century. His first published volume...

Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea LevelBurns's "A Red, Red Rose" was once a rural or folksong common in Scotland; there aren't really any crazy words to hinder you. The ones that do look funny turn out to be odd spellings o...

Trivia

Burns was no stranger to financial woes; at one point, he agreed to sail to Jamaica to work as a bookkeeper on a plantation. For various reasons, however, he never made the trip, to which we say, s...

Steaminess Rating

GSure, it may be a love poem, but there's no steam to be found in "A Red, Red Rose."

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