A Red, Red Rose Criticism

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Critics discuss "A Red, Red Rose" in terms of the delicacy of its craft and the power of its expression. Franklyn Bliss Snyder sees "A Red, Red Rose" as an example of Burns's proficiency at English verse. Calling it "one of the perfectly cut and polished gems in Burns's song collection," the critic points out that "four touches of the vernacular—bonie, gang, a', and weel—are all that save the song from being pure English." Iain Crichton Smith calls "A Red, Red Rose" an example of the sentiments of a by-gone era, suggesting that we cannot enjoy such a direct anticipation of an enduring relationship in modern times. "A poem like 'A Red Red Rose' begs too many questions, is too set in one inflated mood for us to write like it, because we would be far more concerned with the shadows. How could we possibly, in...

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