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A Birthday by Christina Rossetti
Transcript of A Birthday by Christina Rossetti
About Christina Rossetti
- Born in 1830 in London
- She helped her family run a school
- Her poems were first published when she was 18
- She broke off two engagements because of religious differences (she was a strict Anglican)
-Suffered from Graves disease (immune system disease)
-Worked with House of Charity and the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge
-diagnosed with cancer in 1892 and died in 1894
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes'
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come true to me.
What does the poem mean?
Summary: Christine just wants to express her undying love as she has been reborn. She feels like its not enough just to love, she wants to tell the world. She finds comfort in not having to worry about whether or not she is loved back, because she knows she is.
Love and Passion: she treasures this feeling of love and being loved back and the experience of falling in love
Nature and its Meaning: Rossetti compares her feelings to nature because true love grows like nature
As compared to her other poems, this one presents a much happier tone. She's excited and joyous about her love.
In " A birthday" Christina used repetition of describing how her heart feels. She also used aesthetics in describing her love for nature. She does not however, have a rhyme pattern, which is actually one of the things she is famous for.
"A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti is a very happy and cheerful poem. Her themes are positive and moving. Overall, she has a very good message to share. Her use of literary devices worked well as well.
Constantakis, Sara, ed. Poetry for students: VOl 10. Detroid: Gale, 2011. Print. editor.