Historical Context

Robert Burns is often considered a writer ahead of his time, who often embraced the idea of using common language to reach the common person...

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A Red, Red Rose Literary Style

“A Red, Red Rose” is written in four four-line stanzas, or quatrains, consisting of alternating tetrameter and trimeter lines. This means...

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A Red, Red Rose Compare and Contrast

1786: Farmers in Massachusetts, burdened by the debt of the Revolutionary War, participated in Shays’ Rebellion in order to protest...

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A Red, Red Rose Topics for Further Study

What do you think are the circumstances of the speaker of this poem that cause him/her to leave his/her love? Write a short story or dialogue...

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A Red, Red Rose Media Adaptations

Scotland’s Burns Country: The Life and Landscape of Robert Burns. Video cassette. Lewiston, NY: Lapwing Productions. 1994.


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A Red, Red Rose What Do I Read Next?

The definitive collection of Scottish ballads, of which Burns is considered the master, is Francis James Childs’s collection the English...

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A Red, Red Rose Bibliography and Further Reading

Crawford, Thomas, Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1960.


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A Red, Red Rose Bibliography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Bentman, Raymond. Robert Burns. Boston: Twayne, 1987.

Carruthers, Gerard. Robert Burns. Tavistock, Devon, England: Northcote House, 2006.

Crawford, Thomas. Burns: A Study of the Poems and Songs. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1960.

Daiches, David. Robert Burns and His World. London: Thames & Hudson, 1971.

Ferguson, John DeLancey. Pride and Passion: Robert Burns, 1759-1796. 1939. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1964.

Grimble, Ian. Robert Burns: An Illustrated Biography. New York: P. Bedrick Books, 1986.

Lindsay, John Maurice. The Burns Encyclopaedia. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1980.

McGuirk, Carol. Robert Burns and the Sentimental Era. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985.

McGuirk, Carol, ed. Critical Essays on Robert Burns. New York: G. K. Hall, 1998.

McIlvanney, Liam. Burns the Radical: Poetry and Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Scotland. East Linton, Scotland: Tuckwell, 2002.

Stewart, William. Robert Burns and the Common People. New York: Haskell House, 1971.