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BIRTHDAY. CHRISTINA ROSETTI. Analysis by SIMONG SONG. The author- CHRISTINA ROSETTI. 5 TH DECEMBER 1830 ~ 29 TH DECEMBER 1894. Father- Gabriel Rosetti : Exiled Politician & Poet. Mother-Frances Polidori : Famous Physician.

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BIRTHDAY

CHRISTINA ROSETTI

Analysis by

SIMONG SONG

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The author-CHRISTINA

ROSETTI

  • 5TH DECEMBER 1830 ~ 29TH DECEMBER 1894.
  • Father- Gabriel Rosetti: Exiled Politician & Poet.
  • Mother-Frances Polidori: Famous Physician.
  • Born in London, have 3 older siblings who all became an artist or writer.
  • During 1840s, her family face financial problem due to Gabriel Rosetti’s physical and mental illness.
  • Her mother and her sister became devoted Anglican christian.
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she was a model for many artist. One of the famous example is the picture of the Virgin Mary by Dante Rosetti-her brother.

  • Talented writer, but never had a proper education.
  • Began writing at 1842
  • An idealist, fight for freedom of Black people, animal right and natural conservation
  • She was weak, infertile and suffered for all her life and died of Graves Disease.
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BIRTHDAY

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 to me.

literary terms
SIMILE-GIVES THE VIVID IMAGE OF HER FEELING

-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;

REPETITON-EMPHASIZES HER EMOTION

-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;

LITERARY TERMS
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SYMBOLISM-GIVES THE HINT OF HIDDEN MEANING

-PEACOCK- CHRISTIANITY

-POMEGRANATE-RESURRECTION

-DOVE-HOLYSPIRIT

ALLITERATION-CREATE THE FLOWING SONG-LIKE RHYTHM

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;

USE OF IMAGERY- MAKE THE POEM MORE INTERESTING

-RAINBOW SHELL,HALYCON SEA AND BENT WITH THICKEST FRUIT

structure
STRUCTURE
  • Written in IAMBIC TETRAMETER where soft and unstressed beat is followed by strong and stressed beat. It creates a song like rhythm

-My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;

  • End of every second line in second stanza rhyme.

-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;

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Poem is splitted into different stanza at the end of 8th line.

  • 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 to me.

This build up the tension. The writer wanted to show how long she waited for her love

theme
THEME
  • HAS A STRONG RELIGEOUS THEME
  • CAN BE INTERPRETED IM MANY DIFFERENT WAYS BUT THE WRITER’S ORIGINAL INTENSION WAS TO TELL THE JOY OF MEETING JESUS.

- THE METAPHORS USED IN FIRST STANZA IS COPIED FROM BIBLE, THE BOOK OF SONG OF SONG

  • THE THEME OF POEM SPLIT IN TWO PARTS.
  • FIRST STANZA IS ABOUT HOW HER RELATIONSHIP AFFECT HER AND HER EMOTION.
  • SECOND STANZA TELLS ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AND THE ARRIVAL OF HER LOVE
analysis
ANALYSIS
  • FIRST STANZA

-My Heart=Singing Bird

Singing Bird= Symbol of romantic poem, showing it’s her love song

Nest in a Watered Shoot= Safe resting place. Shoot not full grown plant, symbolizing future potential

-My Heart=Apple tree

Apple tree symbolize Garden of Eden before the Fall-no worries

Boughs bent with thickest fruit=tells her emotional state is at her best

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-My Heart=Rainbow Shell that paddles in Halycon sea

Rainbow shell=oyster

Word HALYCON was originated from Greek myth, they believed that Kingfisher build its nest on Oyster shell floating a calm sea. Explaining her feeling

-My heart is gladder than all these

               Because my love is come to me.

The Climax of first stanza revealing about her love.

“Because my love is come to me” not past tense shows that it’s everlasting joy.

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SECOND STANZA

- Dais= platform used in Anglican church

Silk=expensive fabric extracted from silk worm

Down=expensive fabric from baby animals

Vair= very expensive fur from samll rodents

Purple dye= was very rare at that time, only used by priests and royals

It shows how important her love is

-Pomegranate= Resurrection of Jesus

Peacock= Christianity

Thousand eyes= attention and thrill.

Tells that her love is not toward the human being but Jesus. And she explains how exciting and thrilling her love is

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-Gold and Silver Grape= the Gold and Silver are expensive and symbolize purity

Fleur-de-ly= flower from Lily. Often carved into the soldier’s armor and shield as the symbol of royalty.

It explains about the royalty and purity of her love toward the Jesus

-Because the birthday of my life

              Is come, my love is come to me.

The poem ends with the phrase implying the joy of her birthday but it’s not physical birthday but spiritual.