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My heart is like a singing bird A Whose nest is in a water'd shoot; B My heart is like an apple-tree C Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit; B My heart is like a rainbow shell D That paddles in a halcyon sea; E My heart is gladder than all these C Because my love is come to me. E

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A birthday

My heart is like a singing bird A

Whose nest is in a water'd shoot; B

My heart is like an apple-tree C

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit; B

My heart is like a rainbow shell D

That paddles in a halcyon sea;E

My heart is gladder than all these C

Because my love is come to me.E

Raise me a dais of silk and down; F

Hang it with vair and purple dyes; G

Carve it in doves and pomegranates H

And peacocks with a hundred eyes; G

Work it in gold and silver grapes,I

In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys; G

Because the birthday of my life J

Is come, my love is come to me.E

The singing bird and the boughs of tree with fruit explains that her heart is joyful and she is ever happier because the love of her life is coming to see her.

A birthday

She is saying that she wants to be put on a platform with purple which means royalty,& peacock feathers all around her because they have “eyes” She all of this and it’s her birthday and her love is visiting.

By: Christina Rossetti

The poem has 16 lines and 2 stanzas.


Author s meaning and purpose

Author’s Meaning And Purpose

  • The poem “A birthday by Christina Rossetti It was organized this way because it creates a different feeling the poem itself the style of the poem is positive imagery of pure joy that the speaker is speaking. "A Birthday" attempts to express her delight at the coming of her love this most likely compares her heart to various things in nature, including a songbird, a apple-tree, and a rainbow shell . She exclaims that the birthday of her life and love is come to her. To express her emotions of happiness and new life after finding her true love on for birthday. A Birthday’ is an upbeat, jubilant poem about love.


The imagery expressed in the poem

The Imagery expressed in the poem.

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit she is saying that her heart is full and heavy of joy.

My heart is like a singing bird this expresses the joy in her heart.

Because the birthday of my life

Is come, my love is come to me she has described a birthday as life and nature.

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea this means that she heart is colorful and rainbows to me are when the rain and bad times are gone and new joy has come.


Biographical information

Biographical Information

  • Rossetti was educated at home by her mother, who had her study religious works, classics, fairy tales and novels. During her childhood in London, where she was always surrounded by visiting scholars, artists, authors, and political firebrands.

    At the age of 6, Rossetti started to demonstrate the depth of her own literary talent when she recited an original poem.


The poetic devices

The poetic Devices

  • In this poem A “birthday” the devices used are

  • Rhyme- Sea, Me, Dyes, Eyes

  • Simile – My heart is like a singing bird

  • Personification- peacocks with a hundred eyes.


The lesson that the poem share

The lesson that the poem share

  • In the poem is that the birthday of her love and her life has arrived.


Sources

Sources

  • http://www.studymode.com/subjects/a-birthday-christina-rossetti-page1.html

http://www.gradesaver.com/author/christina-rossetti/

http://www.gradesaver.com/christina-rossetti-poems/study-guide/section4/

www.poetryoutloud.org


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