'A Red, Red Rose'

A poem by Robert Burns (1759 – 1796). Towards the end of his short life, Burns contributed many songs to James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum, a set of six volumes compiling folk music both old and new. The poet devoted much of his time and energy to this significant cultural heritage project of preserving songs for future generations. ‘A Red, Red Rose’ is based on traditional sources. The idealistic speaker professes his undying love for a beautiful young lass, using a series of evocative, extravagant comparisons. He voices his conviction that their love will persist, despite their imminent separation, and pledges that he will return.

Creator:
Robert Burns
Published:
1794
Full title:
'My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose'
Forms:
Poem
Genre:
Romantic Literature
Literary period:
Romantic

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