What Is The Theme Of Robert Burns's Poem, 'A Red, Red Rose'?


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Tracy Koroma answered
A Red, Red Rose is a love poem by Robert Burns. It's often performed to music, and compares the narrator's love for a woman with a freshly-bloomed rose.

What Is The Theme Of A Red, Red Rose? Well, the theme of the poem is love, in a romantic sense.

Burns uses similes to compare his love to a rose and to a melody, both of which can be considered beautiful - which suggests that Burns sees love as something beautiful, too.

Comparing love to roses is a bit of a cliché nowadays, but back in 1794 - when the poem was written - it wouldn't have seemed quite so corny!

In the lines, "And I will come again, my Luve,/ Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!" Burns is saying that distance doesn't matter, and that he will love this woman, no matter how far away she is.

However, it's not all so cheerful - the frequent references to time, such as, "newly sprung in June" and, "While the sands o' life shall run" suggest that love isn't immortal.

A rose that blooms in June will not last forever, as, like every living thing, it must eventually die. If the sands of life are running, as Burns says, then they will inevitably stop running at some point - and this suggests that the narrator's love will die when he does.
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Anonymous answered
Love. Have you not read the poem? It's kind of obvious. It's about two lovers who are soon to be separated, but their love will last even at a distance.

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