A line-by-line explication of Burns’s “A Red, Red Rose,” reportedly the most famous short poem in world literature. My handout provides a detailed analysis of its theme, structure, and use of such stylistic devices as hyperbole, simile, metaphor, repetition, and rhyme.
In addition, it discusses the characteristics of the song genre incorporated into the poem.
The handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable as an in-class activity or for homework. Specific activities on simile and metaphor will give them practice in these essential technical features of a poem.
An Answer Key is provided on a separate sheet.
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.