Roses are red violets are blue jokes

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The old king of a poem is “Roses are red violets are blue “. Here we have made it become blue jokes. It rhymes and has a funny or sweet ending. It is simple and easy to remember. In no time, you can learn them and tell your friends or one you care about.

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Around for years, fun roses are red violets are blue poems have been there. They are considered as a tired cliche although they can still bring laughter anyone. It is a nursery rhyme and lyric is found in the Mother Goose.

Men love to attach meaning to a certain flower throughout history.  However, the language of flowers became a studied exercise during the Victorian era. It is easy to find dictionaries published that have each flower paired with a specific meaning for that reason.

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“Roses Are Red” can also refer to a specific poem. It is a class of poems inspired by that poem. In 1979, it has a Roud Folk Song Index number.  Commonly, it is mostly used as a love poem.

It is the most common modern form of the poem:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

And so are you.

It is written in 1590. Therefore, as far back as to the following lines, the origins of the poem may be traced at least by Sir Edmund Spenser. It is from his epic The Faerie Queene (Book Three, Canto 6, Stanza 6):

It was upon a Sommers shine day,

When Titan fire his beams did display,

In a fresh fountain, free from all men view,

And all of the sweetest flowers, it is in the forest grew.

It is a 1784 collection of English nursery rhymes with a nursery rhyme significantly closer to the modern cliché Valentine’s Day poem can be found in Gammer Gurton’s Garland:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.

Thus are my love, and I am thine;

I drew thee to my Valentine:

The lots were cast and I drew after,

And Fortune said it should be you.

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Victor Hugo may not have known the English nursery rhyme inspite of likely familiar with Spenser. But in 1862, he published the novel Les Misérables. Hugo was a poet and a novelist, and within the text of the novel, he has many songs. In the 1862 English translation, one sung by the character Fantine contains this refrain:

We will buy very pretty things

A-walking through the faubourgs.

Violets are blue, roses are red,

Violets are blue, I love my loves.

In children’s lore, numerous satirical versions have long circulated. Among them:

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

Onions stink.

And so do you.

Cirrhosis is red,

so violets are blue,

so sugar is sweet,

so so are you.

Benny Hill version:

Roses are yellow

Violets are bluish

If it weren’t for Christmas

We’d all be Jewish

Do you use this line constantly? To write a poem for someone, have you ever used this phrase? You will surely wish to know where it came from, whatever your relationship with this line may be?

Where This Line Was Originally Used

The original usage remains quite different from what we use it as nowadays because this line was originally a part of a poem written by Edmund Spenser in his 16th-century epic poem ‘The Faerie Queene’.

This was a very different usage as we can see. To relate to this usage, people who have never read the poem will find it a little difficult. Because of with the usual jokes and funny poem version of this line, we are all so bombarded.

In many books, films, video games, songs, shows etc, the variants of this line have appeared. These include:

#1. In 1973, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut’s named Breakfast of Champions published

#2. In 1989, “Where Teardrops Fall” a  song written by Bob Dylan

#3. ‘What about Bob?’ is a 1991 comedy film

The Spread Of The Latest Versions

#1. On October 12, 2006, there was a thread that was started by user E on Yahoo answers

#2. On 21st July 2012, There was a similar thread asking people their versions of this line that started on Ask Reddit.

#3. A series of anti-romantic jokes based on the line started doing the rounds on Weird Twitter in August 2016.

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