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In this essay I will discuss the similarities and differences between 'A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns and 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti'.

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English Coursework ~ Love Poetry In this essay I will discuss the similarities and differences between 'A Red, Red Rose' by Robert Burns and 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti'. Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 - July 21, 1796) was a poet and songwriter. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and in a "light" Scots dialect which would have been accessible to a wider audience than simply Scottish people. At various times in his career, he wrote in English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became an important source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. A cultural icon in Scotland and among Scots who have relocated to other parts of the world (the Scottish diaspora), his celebration became almost a national charismatic cult during periods of the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. ...read more.

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In 'A Birthday' Rossetti also uses nature as well as animals to strenghten her love. In 'A Red, Red Rose' the opening sentence says, 'O my luve's like a red, red rose' this is a good opening because it is very direct and meaningful, in this case a dark red rose symbolises very deep, passioniate love. In 'A Birthday' the opening sentence says, 'My heart is like a singing bird' so straight away Rossetti uses a metaphor to describe her heart, this quote shows she is happily in love as a singing bird symbolises happiness. In 'A Red, Red Rose' Burns uses references to nature, saying his love is like a newly sprung dark red rose, this shows that this is a new relationship but is very strong. As the poem goes on the poet starts to use bigger things to show his love, 'And I will luve thee still, my Dear, Till a' the seas gang dry.' Burns uses impossible things to show the magitude of his love. ...read more.

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The ending of 'A Birthday' the poet says, 'Because the birthday of my life Is come, my love is come to me' the birthday of her life could be when her lover will return to her. 'A Red, Red Rose' may have been written because his relationship was a new one and the poet may have wanted to show this women how strong he feels about her. 'A Birthday' may have been written because even though her lover has been away for awhile he will come back, and she wants to show how much she is looking forward to it. There are four stanzas in 'A Red, Red Rose' Burns has spilt the poem this way to make it even, There are repeated lines,' O my luve's' and 'Till a' the seas gang dry'. The whole of 'A Birthday' is one stanza, there are repeated lines,'My heart' the poem is a ballad and rhymes. Burns uses references to nature to create images in 'A Red, Red Rose' such as, 'O my luve's like a red, red rose'. And 'red, red rose' is an example of alliteration. An example of a simile is 'my luve's like a red, red rose'. ...read more.

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