Robert Burns’ Inspired Poem ‘A Red Red Rose!’
Most people know that Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.
What most people don’t know about is his connection to Bob Dylan–a lyrical poet and a romantic of our own times.
When asked what he felt was the greatest inspiration for his song writing, Dylan didn’t hesitate to mention the poem, ‘A Red Red Rose!’ by our dear ‘Robbie’ Burns.
In my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, Christopher Middleton, the main character, also finds this poem to be an inspiration that takes him to new heights in his relationship with his friend, Jennifer.
In case you don’t already have the poem memorized (smile), here it is:
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.