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Afton Water Analysis



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Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,

Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise;

My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,

Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.



Thou stock-dove, whose echo resounds through the glen,

Ye wild whistling blackbirds in yon thorny den,

Thou green-crested lapwing, thy screaming forbear,

I charge you disturb not my slumbering fair.



How lofty, sweet Afton, thy neighbouring hills,

Far marked with the courses of clear winding rills;

There daily I wander as noon rises high,

My flocks and my Mary's sweet cot in my eye.



How pleasant thy banks and green valleys below,

Where wild in the woodlands the primroses blow;

There oft, as mild Evening sweeps over the lea,

The sweet-scented birk shades my Mary and me.



Thy crystal stream, Afton, how lovely it glides,

And winds by the cot where my Mary resides,

How wanton thy waters her snowy feet lave,

As gathering sweet flowrets she stems thy clear wave.



Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,

Flow gently, sweet river, the theme of my lays;

My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream,

Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.





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this song is mysterious you need a deep depth of analysis to interpret its hidden message...

| Posted on 2012-07-12 | by a guest


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The person who said this poem/song was called sweet afton, it is actually called afton water. As obvious in the song/poem it is not only the river afton which Robert Burns describes, he also comments on some other aspects of Scotland\'s beautiful scenery.

| Posted on 2011-04-04 | by a guest


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In this poem/song, Robert Burns declares his love for mary rather than his love for the river. In fact if you listen to the words you will realise that he is warning the river not to disturb Mary, as she is sleeping.

| Posted on 2011-04-04 | by a guest


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Burns was disingenuous when he says that Afton was the theme of his lays. The Afton just was a setting to tell of his love for Mary. Look at each stanza. While the first lines talk about the Afton and its environs, it always comes back to Mary, and how the Afton affects her.

| Posted on 2010-11-11 | by a guest


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this poem is wonderfully sung by Nickel Creek, it is called Sweet Afton. If you love this poem i would recommend listening to their song :)

| Posted on 2009-09-22 | by a guest




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