The poem’s subject matter generally deals with the speaker’s love towards a young lady beyond measures.
The poem comprises of powerful themes, captivating imagery and thought provoking language patterns.
Also in stanza four, line three, the poet states, “And I will come again, my luve”.
This line indicates that the speaker has hope in reuniting with the speaker’s one true love.
The overall tone at the beginning of the poem is loving and fanciful, though towards the end it has a sense of longing, which impacts the reader by giving them positive thoughts and an overall happy mood.
Powerful themes are demonstrated throughout the poem. For instance in stanza four, line one, where the poet states, “And fare thee weel, my only luve”, it expresses the speaker’s immense love and sorrow of having to part from the young lady.
"Red" is repeated to underscore the idea that his love is at its brightest.
Given that his love is at its most powerful, being "newly sprung in June," the indication is that this is temporary.
"A Red, Red Rose" is a ballad written in four quatrains (four stanzas composed of four lines each).
The first and third lines of each stanza are written in iambic tetrameter (tetra - four stressed syllables).