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A Birthday Analysis



Author: Poetry of Christina Georgina Rossetti Type: Poetry Views: 1486





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.










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like most, i believe shes talking about her discovery of god and religion. she describe the ways in which she experienced peace and potrays her emotions through the simple similies. the rhythem in first stanza sounds like a singing bird, thus highlighting her happiness. "apple tree" suggests the Garden of Eden and the theme of religion. "dais" represent the raised part of the church. the poet tries very hard in many ways to potray the feeling of peace that she experienced, and the feeling that we all in union and belong to a greater power and God which bought her happiness.

| Posted on 2014-05-23 | by a guest


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Nobody seems to mention that the images she uses are all borrowed from the Bible, from the Old Testament, the \"Song of Songs\" in fact fairly lewd love poetry which is usually interpreted as decribing the love of God for his church.but they are seperately stretching a point I think!

| Posted on 2012-11-13 | by a guest


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Some people were wondering the significance of the apple tree and watered shoot, she compares herself to these things because she is infact infertile but she has discovered god, which she believes is as good as or better then being fertile just as these things she compares herself to- Apple trees.

| Posted on 2012-05-18 | by a guest


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I think you are all right in your way but foe me i think Rossetti is expressing a form of relief that she has found love and joy which goes back to point that this poem was written talks or rather gives the impression of her becoming a christian and now she realizes that she has found love that is love in Christ because she tries so hard to describe an almost impossible feeling of love shown to her by God (her being now a christian)which no man can comprehend. this justifies her use of hyperbole and allot of simile.
john udochi

| Posted on 2012-03-12 | by a guest


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\'A birthday\' is a poem that is satisfying as well as the riddles. The comparing of a heart to a \'singing bird\' and an \'apple tree\' and a \'rainbow shell\' brings together five very happy images. \'the singing bird\' is often something that signals the changing seasons from winter to spring, representing a re-birth of nature much like a birthday. both are changes that are positive and often times a cause of celebration being a single woman who never had a child, this birthday is not of a child, but rather the re-birth of the poet in her new religion.

| Posted on 2012-03-10 | by a guest


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singing bird apple tree and all the comparisons she writes at the beginning are not metaphors, for they include the word \"like\" making it a simile. Similes are two things being compared using \"like\" or \"as\"

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest


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To the person asking for some metaphors in the poem:
\"Singing bird,\" \"apple-tree,\" \"rainbow shell,\" and \"birthday of my life\" are all metaphors pointing to the hidden, indescribable, spritual reality of the \"heart.\"

| Posted on 2011-03-26 | by a guest


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I did a presentation on this for English and my conclusions were very similar to those in the comments as there was little information available to help out. I was told by my English teacher that the poem is not actually based on a physical person - her love, but on religion. A birthday symbolizes new beginnings and new birth, the beginning she is writing about is her faith in God, her new religion. If you look up a basic biography of Christina Rossetti you can read more about her life in regards to religion. The peacock is a symbol of Christianity, pomegranates are a sign of resurrection and eternal life in the Christian church and the dove is a symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The poem is based on Rossetti\'s discovery of Christianity and the peace that it brings her heart. Her birthday refers to her rebirth and can be seen as directly referring to her baptism or to her general new beginning as a Christian.

| Posted on 2010-11-08 | by a guest


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The title: ‘A Birthday’ makes this event seem very special to her. If we consider the fact that she has had several relationships in her life it is not probable that she is talking about a new lover. Furthermore it would be unlikely she wanted to be reborn in her second life, because otherwise a dais would have been of little importance considering they were used to make special announcements. She was ‘singing like a bird’: telling everyone of her love that’s come to her. It is in my opinion certain that Christina Rossetti was talking about her ‘imaginary’ new born child, being she never had any children.

| Posted on 2010-09-26 | by a guest


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i think that the poem means that her birthday joy is compared to her love life! she says that her love has come to her

| Posted on 2010-06-24 | by a guest


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I thinks it a great poem but what language do think she is using?

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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why did she compare her heart to an apple tree? and take note of the words 'thick-set fruit'... apples are synonymous with sin and temptation and since she used the words thick-set fruits, perhaps she is loaded with heavy sins. I think the child is illegitimate. perhaps the persona is a mistress and she just gave birth. though illegitimate the conception is, she is still happy and she still loves the child. but this is just my analysis.

| Posted on 2010-03-25 | by a guest


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I need a metaphor example in the poem. Can anyone please help me out. Also can you explain how the comparison between the two are same.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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perhaps she is talking in relief of finding something that she just found hence love

| Posted on 2010-01-13 | by a guest


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My interpretation of this poem is that the poet is talking about the happiness of being a mother. The birthday of her precious newborn has come, and now her heart is filled with joy and love.

| Posted on 2009-12-12 | by a guest


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I briefly researched this poem at university and I learned that the major interpretation states the poem was about her finding religion and how she feels re-born, hence the title.

| Posted on 2009-11-24 | by a guest


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The poem could also be seen as Rossetti writing about religion, and 'A Birthday' could generally mean reborn and where she talks about her love, it could mean for a God or some other holy feature of her religion.

| Posted on 2009-10-12 | by a guest


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The idea of Rossetti wanting to share her feelings is conveyed through the singing bird. She is, in effect, singing like the bird, when she is writing the poem, telling everyone about her love.

| Posted on 2009-09-19 | by a guest


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christina rossetti in this poem is speaking about love. she's happy because her love has now come to her though it sounds a bit ironic since she never was actually married though she talked of love.there is also a high use of comparison to create a vivid picture to the reader of the poem.! by ruth yongolo

| Posted on 2009-09-17 | by a guest


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christina rossetti in this poem is speaking about love. she's happy because her love has now come to her though it sounds a bit ironic since she never was actually married though she talked of love.there is also a high use of comparison to create a vivid picture to the reader of the poem

| Posted on 2009-09-17 | by a guest


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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 thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell 5
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a das of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes; 10
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 15
Is come, my love is come to me.


| Posted on 2007-05-27 | by a guest




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