The Canonicity of Robert Burns: A Red, Red Rose

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Thomas 9

Barry University

A, Red, Red Rose

Chandra Thomas

ENG 332

Dr. Lillian Schanfield

November 11, 2014


Robert Burn's "A Red, Red Rose"


Biography of Robert Burns

Backgrounder of Romanticism

Analysis of "A Red, Red Rose"

A new and fresh love

Narrator as a sweet talker

Love until the end of time

Separation means nothing

Significance of "A Red, Red Rose"

Timeless of the poem

Elements reflective of the time

Burns as the disseminator of tradition

Poem symbolic of Burn's patriotism



Robert Burns was a poet who lived in the second half of the eighteenth century in Scotland. He is also known as "The Bard" in that country. He holds the distinction of being the national poet of Scotland, and is also a favorite poet around the world. He wrote both in Scottish and English.

He is also known as a stalwart of Romanticism. Aside from being a poet, Burns also collected native folk songs from various parts of Scotland, and adapting them. Among his most favorite works are Auld Lang Syne, Ae Fond Kiss, and A Red, Red, Rose. He was born in 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of a tenant farmer and a stay at home mother. He grew up in poverty and because he had to work hard every day, his posture soon became stooped and he was generally not in the best of health. He began writing poetry at the tender age of 15, first writing O; Once I Lov'd a Bonnie Lass (Noble and Hogg, 2003, 412).

Romanticism was a literary, art and intellectual movement that emerged in Europe during the second half of the eighteenth century. Experts say that it was partly a response to the...