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 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet;

And so are you.

This is the stereotypical poem. Its origins are unknown, but may, according to Wikipedia, be traced to these lines from Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene:

 It was upon a Sommers shynie day,

When Titan faire his beames did display,

In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,

She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;

She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,

And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

"Blew" is an old spelling of "blue". Both roses and violets exist in varieties of many colours. Viola sororia and Viola odorata are the bluest violets; red roses are hybrid teas of the genus Rosa.

It has often been parodied.


Variants:

 Violets are red,

Roses are blue,

Horticulture is fun!

Botany, too.


 Violets are blue

Roses are red

Your'e going to die

Off With Your Head


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

[[Fist of the North Star Omae wa mou

shindeiru]]


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

I've got a knife

Get in the van.


 Roses are red

My feet are green

It's Valentine's Day

So let's get obscene.


 Roses are red,

Violets are violet,

Blah blah blah,

Let's shag.


 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

The Cake Is a Lie,

And now so are you.


 Roses are green,

Violets are yellow.

This doesn't rhyme,

And I'm color-blind.


 Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

Some poems rhyme.

This one doesn't.


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

Me no own

So you no sue.


 Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

This show's about panties.


 Roses are red,

Violets are blue

Here, have a troll face.

NO PUNCHLINE FOR YOU!


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

I have V.D.

Now you have it too.


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

And so are you

But the roses are wilting

The violets are dead

The sugar bowl's empty

And so is your head.


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You

Game loses you


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sexual hormones

Are why I love you


 Roses are red

Daffodils are yellow

I'd rather have rabies

Than be your fellow


 Roses are red

Violets are blue

Assuming Control

This Hurts You.


 Roses are red

Carbon is black

I am impressed

With your giant rack.


 Roses are red

Corpses are blue

When this poem rhymes,

You'll be one as well.


 Roses are green

Unicorns are pencil

This poem makes no sense

Toaster.


 Roses are red, and violets are blue

Nothing I've seen is sweeter than you

Let's plant a seed of love that can bloom

Withstanding all, all the time shining true

Violets are blue, roses are red

And one day all that we know will be dead

So let's plant the seed and let love be true

Till the day roses wither and I'll be without you


 Roses are red, and violets are blue

Daffodils are yellow, all of this is true

Let's just be happy, no one wants to be blue

'Cause roses are red and violets are blue


Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

At least, that's what they tell me,

Because I am blind.

 Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Wagana wa Hakumen.

OSHITEMAIRU!


 Plumbers are red,

Hedgehogs are blue.

Press "Start" to join

And be my player 2


 Roses are red

Violets are Blue

4, 8, 15, 16,

23, 42


 Roses are red

Violets are Blue

Chicken shit stinks

And so do you


 Roses are red

Dead ones are black

Why is your chest

As flat as your back?


 Violets are blue

Roses are red

I hate you

I wish you were dead.


 Roses are (sometimes) red,

Violets are (sometimes) blue,

I've got Aspergers,

Have you got it too?


 Roses are Red

Violets are blue

In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You

Poem writes YOU!


 Roses are Red

Violets are blue

This line doesn't rhyme

And neither does this one


 Roses are gay

Violets are gayer

Fuck this poem

Let's listen to Slayer



Variants in media:

Comic Books

Roses are red

Lemons do pucker

Prisoners escape

When the guard is a sucker!
The Adventures of Captain Jack

Fan Fiction

roses r red

violas r blu

iv got a hug fuking dik

nd hey u natsy slut i fucin luv u

Film

Roses are red,

violets are blue ...

I'm about to fuck up.

So what else is new?
Colin, Greenfingers

Cirrhosis are red,

So violets are blue,

So sugar is sweet,

So so are you.

Roses are red,

violets are blue

Fuck you, whore

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

They'll need dental records

To identify you.

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

I'm schizophrenic,

and so am I.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

One is dead,

And so are you!

Literature

Roses are red

And ready for plucking;

You are sixteen

And ready for high school.

Raseuse arrête, valet de Tsar bat loups

Joues gare et suite, un sot voyou.
Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames[1]

Roses are red,

Corpses are blue,

On Valentine's day

You'll die too!
R. L. Stine, "Broken Hearts"

Roses are red, violets are blue,

Angels in heaven know I love you

Magazines

Roses are red

The hoisery's nude

This dress is heinous

Your stylist should be sued
Bullseye, Entertainment Weekly, Issue #1197

Roses are red

Violets are blue

We make our bread

On clods like you!
Mad Magazine, "A Valentine to all our readers", #133

Music

Roses are red, yes, and violets are blue.

I looked for both, but they never grew.

Roses are red, yes, and that stands for lust --

The other's for innocence; for that, I'm not fussed.
Zoe's Adventures Under Ground, "River Rise Over"

Roses are red,

Violets are purple,

Sugar is sweet,

And so's maple surple.
Roger Miller, "Dang Me"

Roses are red, violets are blue

And time is beginning to crawl

I just might have to come see you

Where teardrops fall
Bob Dylan (no, really), "Where Teardrops Fall"

Roses are red, my love.

Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet, my love.

But not as sweet as you.

Then I went far away and you found someone new.

I read your letter dear, and I wrote back to you:

"Roses are red, my love.

Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet, my love.

Good luck, may God bless you."
Bobby Vinton, "Roses Are Red (My Love)"

Roses are red

And violets are blue

Honey is sweet

But not as sweet as you
Aqua, "Roses Are Red" (Different song, same title.)

Violets are blue

Roses are red

Daisies are yellow

The flowers are dead.
Lil Wayne, "I Feel Like Dying"

The rose is red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar's sweet;

Sweetie, so are you!
George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin & Gus Kahn, "So Are You"

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Until I met Psalty

I was blue, too.
—Psaltina, Kids Praise 3: Funtastic Family!

Roses are red

Violets are blue

If I'm schizophrenic

Then I am too
Voltaire, "The Chosen"

Newspaper Comics

 Roses are red,

A deep crimson hue,

When you got in trouble,

You sure were too! Ha ha! [2]

And:

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Tulips are what we'll be kissing,

Woo-woo!

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

I know where you live

And your family too.

Blue is the violet,

Red is the rose;

You're still a big jerk,

And your poetry blows!
Zits

 Roses are red

Violets are blue

If something smells bad

it's gotta be you.

 Roses are red

Emeralds are green

You must weigh more

Than a washing machine.

 Roses are red,

tomatoes are too

If I had one now

I'd throw it at you.

 Roses are red

Like a big fiery comet

Your face would make even

Quasimodo vomit.

 Roses are red

Daffodils gold

You might look better

If you scraped off that mold.

Roses are red

Looming huge to the ant;

I wish you would drown

In a waste treatment plant

Roses are red

And violets are blue

Take care of that sciata

Down by your (wazoo) [4]

Television

Roses are red

Violets are bluish

If it weren't for Christmas

We'd all be Jewish

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Sugar is sweet

I'm gonna break your face
The Champ, Police Squad!!

Violets are blue

Roses are red

My sons were right

Go soak your head

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Fudge is sweet

Here's some fudge.
Bob Pinciotti, That 70s Show

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Have sex in the Corps

And I'll break your neck
Deacon Jones, G Vs E

Roses are red

Violets are fickle

When I'm done with you

All you'll have left is this nickel
Maris Crane, Frasier

Video Games

Roses are gray

Violets are gray

I'm dead and color-blind.
Forsaken male /silly emote, World of Warcraft

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I'm gonna kill you

Doodley-doo
Gargarensis, Age of Mythology

Violets are blue

Roses are red

We're coming aboard

Prepare to eat lead
—A book of pirate poems, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge

Roses are red

Zombies are blue

But my face is white[5]

So you know I'm true

Roses are red

Violets are blue

You suck
—Graffiti written below an over-the-top poem in Left 4 Dead

Web Comics

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

You're really hot,

Let's fuck.

Roses be red,

Violence be bloody,

Littleton kid went

Killing with his buddy.

Una-bomber! Oklahoma!

Fire down ho!

Sharks in da gene pool,

North of Kosovo!

Everyone's packing,

So I'll pack my nickel bag,

Gonna get my peace on and offer yas a drag.


Roses are red,

Violets are violet.

Here's the Zorgon spies,

Yo momma's a harlot.
Lodoze (parody of Lobo), Sluggy Freelance (22 June 2001)

Roses are red

I give them to mom

She makes me cookies

Nommy nom noms

You need a poem? Fine!

Roses are red

Green is the grass

I'm sorry I hurt you

I'm a horse's ass.

If you need a haiku, just remember "peace-shattering moron" is six syllables.
Fred Macintire (advising Lisa), Something Positive

Roses are red

Daisies are yellow

(she's briefly interrupted)

I am in love with

A nerdy young fellow.

Web Original

Roses are red

Violets are blue

One day we'll cruise

Down Blood Gulch Avenue
—First verse of the Red vs. Blue theme

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I'll fuck you with a rake

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Badger badger badger

Badger badger mushroom

Roses are red,

Violets; they're blue,

Jimmy Stewart is awesome;

Doo dee doo dee doo.
Jimmy Stewart (supposedly), How It Should Have Ended: Its a Wonderful Life

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Your house is covered

In piles of excrement
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, reviewing Saint's Row 2

 Roses are #FF0000

Violets are

  1. 0000FF

All my base

Are belong to you

ThinkGeek

 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I must eat yoghurt

Off of you.

Dance of the Manwhore

 Roses are scarlet,

Violets are purple,

My love for you is...

is...

Goddammit.

I-Mockery.com

 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I am Paini's Cupcake,

I will eat you.

YouTube comments

 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Omae wa mou,

Shindeiru.

YouTube comments

 Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

People are idiots,

The end.

WTFIWWY Ep. 28

Western Animation

"Roses are red, violets are blue."

That's what they say, but it just isn't true.

Roses are red, and apples are too,

But violets are violet. Violets aren't blue.

An orange is orange, but Greenland's not green

And a pinky's not pink. So what does it mean?

To call something blue when it's not, we defile it.

But ah, what the heck: it's hard to rhyme "violet".
Dot Warner, Animaniacs

Roses are red, violets are blue,

If I had your face, I'd be in a zoo.
Roy Rooster, Garfield and Friends

Roses are blue

Violets are red

I have to go to the bathroom
Patrick Star, SpongeBob SquarePants

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

[belches] THIS BELCH IS FOR YOUUUU!!!
Heffer Wolfe, Rocko's Modern Life

The movies are gray

The TV is black

The horses are running

Please bring me some food
Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb

Roses R Red

Roses R Blue

It's time for Poet's Corner!
Intro to the poetry segment of Cartoon Planet

Roses are red,

Violets are blue

If skunks had a college,

They'd call it P.U.
Looney Tunes, "Hollywood Canine Canteen"(1946)

Roses are red,

Violets are pink,

Flowers smell good,

But you sure sCENSORED!
—Telegram delivered by Bugs Bunny, "Buckaroo Bugs" (Bugs then finished the line by shouting it in the recipient's face. The final word is of course, STINK!)

Roses are red,

Posies are green,

Sorry about Denmark,

I was too mean.

Roses are red,

But Morton is blue.

Boo hoo hoo hoo

(face into typewriter)
Mr. Morton, Schoolhouse Rock

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

turtles are geeks,

and so are you
The Populars, Ka Blam!

Robotnik is rotten,

Alfalfa is sneezy;

The minute I met her,

I loved my Breezie.
Sonic the Hedgehog, in his love letter/poem parody to Breezie, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Roses are red,

violets are blue...

Once these[6] fry, I'm guessing

this lame poem is... [destroys the keyboard, only to find that the poem spell is still working] through?!

[cue Big No]

Notes

  1. The editor, Luis d'Antin van Rooten, explains this as "a description of an incident at the Russian Imperial court", but the French text is better pronounced than translated.
  2. Calvin sends Susie this note to taunt her after she gets in trouble for talking in class, provoking her into writing another note and getting in trouble again
  3. Jason's Valentines to Paige accidentally get switched with Roger's to Andy. Hilarity Ensues
  4. The author is looking for a word that rhymes but is less "trite"
  5. Or, in the Updated Rerelease, "But I don't want brains"
  6. referring to the Ghost Writer's Quantum Keyboard
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