The Bard of Ayrshire

Robert Burns (A Scottish Romantic)

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Robert (Robbie) Burns (1759 - 1796)

Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. And is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland but is celebrated worldwide.

He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots Language.

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!


Source: http://ww.Editing The Bard of... - Smorew.PoetryFoundation.org/poem/173068



T- Just by looking at the title, I'm inferring that the poem will be about a rose that is red in color, and his liking for the rose.


P- The author is using the rose to symbolize his love.


C- Positive Words:


  • Love
  • Newly Sprung
  • Bonnie Lass


Negative Words:


  • "Seas gang dry"
  • "Rocks melt wi' the sun"



Both Positive and Negative Words:


  • "Tho 'twere ten thousand mile"




A- The speakers attitude in this poem, is Loving. He speaks about loving this young woman forever, and how perfect their future together will be.


S- In the beginning of the poem the author talks about love. But the poem soon shifts, when the author mentions things like "Till all the seas go dry, my Dear, And the rocks melt with the sun! O I will love you still, my Dear, While the sands of life shall run." These lines can give someone mixed feelings, because while he is talking about loving someone forever, he is adding an element of death, and loss.


T- After reading and analyzing the poem, I would say the title is much more about the eternalness of love.


T- the theme is an expression of love

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns, and sung by Andy M. Stewart

This song was originally a poem written by Robert Burns, but in his late years of life, he had music put to it, and made a song.
A RED, RED ROSE by Robert Burns, sung by Andy M. Stewart

Harold In The Mountains Written By Hector Berlioz

I feel as if Robert Burns would have been inspired by this song because it has a nature feel to it. When i listen to this song, I can picture the towering mountains in my head. It is romantic in nature because it expresses the composer's inner thoughts and feelings, and tells a story with music rather than words.
Hector Berlioz - Harold in Italy, Op. 16 - I. Harold in the Mountains (part 1)