|A Red Rose
A Red, Red Rose
A Red, Red Rose is a poem written by Robert Burns, during 1796, the year of his death.
The poem consists of four stanzas; each one four lines long.
The first stanza has an exact rhyme at the end of the second and fourth lines -- June and tune. The repetition of "O, my luve" in the first stanza conjures up the idea that his love is different from other men. His woman is so special to him that she reminds him of a red, red rose, not just a "plain" red rose. He uses two different similes for his love -- the rose and the melody, and "that's newly" and "that's sweetly" describing those similes. She is so young and fair that he compares her to the first rose of the season in its' purity and youth. His love is so sweet that she reminds him of a soothing melody played in tune. I immediately feel that he has known no other love like this.
O, my luve is like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June.
O, my luve is like the melo...