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Poetry

No one reading this post has met the bonnie lass Scottish poet Robert Burns praises in his poem “A Red, Red Rose” (published in 1794), but it isn’t difficult to imagine the kind of woman he calls both “a red, red rose,” and a “melodie.” Our emotional experiences with red roses, melodies, and wooing lovers’ promises will influence our initial impressions as we read.

Here is the  poem in its entirety: