A Red, Red Rose Topics for Further Study
by Robert Burns

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Topics for Further Study

(Poetry for Students)

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 that explains why the speaker is leaving, and how this poem affects the situation.

Look through magazines and find at least five examples of red things. Which do you think could be described as “red red”? Why?

Which of the symbols used to express love in this poem works the best? Why?

Adapt this ballad to the music of a contemporary song, and explain what elements of the music you think are appropriate to what the poem is saying.