Roses are red and violets are blue. There are a million variations to what follows after this line.
Are you someone who uses this line constantly? Have you ever used this phrase to write a poem for someone? Whatever your relationship with this line may be, you will surely wish to know where it came from?
Where This Line Was Originally Used
This line was originally a part of a poem written by Edmund Spenser in his 16th-century epic poem ‘The Faerie Queene’ the original usage remains quite different from what we use it as nowadays. The line used in the poem was:
“she bathed with roses red, and violets blew” ( The excerpt from the original poem)
As we can see this was a very different usage. People who have never read the poem will find it a little difficult to relate to this usage. Because we are all so bombarded with the usual jokes and funny poem version of this line.
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The Variants Of This Line
The variants of this line have appeared in many books, films, video games, songs, shows etc. These include:
#1. Novel by Kurt Vonnegut’s named Breakfast of Champions published in 1973
#2. “Where Teardrops Fall” a 1989 song written by Bob Dylan
#3. A 1991 comedy film ‘What about Bob?’
The Spread Of The Latest Versions
#1.There was a thread that was started by user E on Yahoo answers on October 12, 2006
#2. There was a similar thread asking people their versions of this line that started on Ask Reddit on 21st July 2012.
#3. In August 2016 a series of anti-romantic jokes based on the line started doing the rounds on Weird Twitter.
Here Are Some Cool Examples Of Various Jokes And Poems That Use This Line.
These have been commonly used by people all over the social media.
#1. Roses are red violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you.
#2. Roses are red violets are blue, brown is the color of elephant poo.
#3. Roses are red, tulips are black, you look great with a knife in you back.
#4. Roses are red violets are blue; I hate poems even more than I hate you.
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#5. Roses are red violets are violet; here is my number why don’t you dial it?
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