Poem Analysis

Literary Element








“O, my love is like a red, red rose” (1)

“O, my love is like a red, red rose” (1)

“O my love is like the melody

That is sweetly played in tune”

(lines 3-4)

“O, my love is like a red, red rose

That’s newly sprung in June

O my love is like the melody

That is sweetly played in tune”

(lines 1-4)

“And the rocks melt wi’ the

sun” (10)

“As fair art thou, my bonny


So deep in love I am

And I will love thee, my dear

Till a’ the seas gang dry”

(lines 5-8)

“And fare thee weel, my only love

And fare thee weel a while

And I will come again, my love

Tho’ it were tem thousand mile!

Elaboration (CM)

Love is a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person. Expressing love is the poem’s theme and an important matter throughout the piece. Red is often related to romance. Also, with danger…

A red rose is blooming and lovely, so is his love for his dear. Roses, especially red ones, often makes me think of deep romance and affection. The next lines indicate that love is in the air. I love those lines. It is soothing and relaxing.

‘l’ and ‘r’ give poem a smooth quality

The sun is powerful enough to melt all the rocks in the world, but because it is million miles away, it is quite impossible to happen. As I interpret it, it means that even though an impossible occurrence is happening, the speaker will still love his sweetheart.

The tone is the speaker is madly in love with his “bonny lass”

The theme is the speaker is expressing his total devotion and pledge to his love by a poem.

Literary Element




“As fair art thou, my bonny

lass” (line 5)

Throughout the poem

Elaboration (CM)

The poem is dedicated to the speaker’s dearest. It is addressed to her.

The poet uses similes and hyperboles to describe his love. Hyperboles are exaggerated phrases, sort of like the speaker’s love to his “bonny lass”. The diction is simple, it is easy to understand how the speaker feels.