A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns (1759-1796) A Red, Red Rose is a poem composed by Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns . It was first published in 1794 in a collection of traditional Scottish songs set to music. Burns poem was inspired both by a simple Scots song he had heard in the country and by published ballads from the period. The poem 'A Red, Red Rose' is a lyrical ballad (a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next.) that describes the speaker’s deep love for his beloved and promises that this love will last longer than human life and even the planet itself, remaining afresh and constant forever. The beloved of the speaker is as beautiful as the red rose and as sweet as the music. With the help of the literary devices (simile, metaphor, repetition etc.), the poet has sketched a very vivid and realistic picture of his profound (deep) lo
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