A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

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What is the central metaphor in the poem "A Red, Red Rose?"

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The central metaphors in “A Red, Red Rose ” are time and love. Burns uses a series of images and concepts that describe love's delicacy and fragility in time. In other words, love and beauty are fragile because they exist in time. However, Burns also describes love that sustains over great periods of time, so long that perhaps love itself is eternal. Paralleling this temporary/eternal duality of time is the duality of the word “luve” which represents both his lover and the abstract quality of love. A person has a limited amount of time in life but love, and perhaps his love's soul, transcend the limitations of...

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