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My Life Is Like a Red Rose

  • Date Submitted: 01/27/2010 11:27 PM
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    This is the loveliest lyrical song of all time for Robert\'s wife - Jean Armour. It is widely known for not only its emotional significance bur its perfect form as well.

    Robert Burns opens this poem with a traditional comparison:

\"Oh my love is like a red red rose\"

Up to now, \"rose\" is considered the symbol of love. In this case, rose \"is newly sprung in June\", we can understand that his love is always at the starting point. Robert uses his rose with the meaning that it is very strong and passionate.

    In the second comparison, the poet shares, \"the melodie\" that \"sweetly played in tune\":

\"Oh my love is like the melodie\"

This is the conventional comparison that evolves the hearing sense of the beats of two hearts of those who are in love. This sounds very harmonious and is played sweetly in tune.

    The next stanza is begun with an inversion in the first and second lines to emphasize Robert\'s love becomes deeper and deeper.

\" So fair art thou, my bonnie lass

  So deep in love am I\"

    The first speciality of this poem is the end of the second stanza and the beginning one of the third stanza are the same:

\" ...Till a\'the seas gand dry\"

and \"Till a\'the seas gang dry, my dear...\"

Here is the link of the poem and also the continuing love Robert Burns has.  

    There are two exaggerated images proving the poet\'s passionate and deep love:

\"Till a\'the seas gang dry, my dear,

and the rocks melt wi\'the sun.\"

The seas are so broad to get dry and the rocks are too stable to be   melted by the sun\'s heat. Burns wants to confirm that his love is more immense than the seas and harder than the rocks ang that hia love is eternal.

    The repetition of the line \" And I will love thee still, my dear\" expresses his promise, a certain promise with \"I will...\" not \"I shall...\"and this is repeated in the last stanza....


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