A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti

Line-by-line Analysis of ‘A Birthday’ by Christina Rossetti

A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti

Analysis of 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti

1-2) Analysis of 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti - Christina Rossetti celebrates her state of bliss on finding the love of her life - God. The poet is unable to contain her emotions and opens the poem with a simile, comparing her heart (representing emotion) to a singing bird. Rossetti goes on to add that she feels like a bird nestling in a shoot that is succulent and nourishing.

3-4) In the next simile she compares her heart to an apple tree whose branches are laden with fruit. The word 'bent' is representative of the humbleness she experiences through her love for God.

5-6) The poet compares her heart to a little shell reflecting the colours of the rainbow as it moves gently along the calm sea-bed.

7-8) Unable to contain her joy, she uses the comparative degree “gladder” to indicate that she feels more than all these things, the reason being that her love has found her.

9) Rossetti shifts from comparison to worship. She craves to set up an alter decorated with the finest things money can buy like silk and soft feathers. (tactile imagery)

10) She declares her intention to decorate the alter with soft squirrel fur and fabric flaunting purple dyes.

11) She talks about carvings of doves, the birds of peace, and pomegranates.

12) She also mentions peacock feathers flaunting numerous eyes.

13) Rossetti also talks about decorating the alter with carvings of gold and silver grapes.

14) She craves to worship God from a space that is rich with decorative elements such as silver fleurs-de-lys.

15) Rossetti finally declares in this curtail sonnet the reason for her joy being her rejuvenation of soul in her love for God.

16) Rossetti declares with heart full of gratitude that her love has come to her.

The Tin DrumThe Tin Drum

The Tin Drum Author Grass, Gunter Related NotesThe Moving Finger by Edith WhartonTimeline Günter Grass was a German playwright, novelist, illustrator, graphic artist, poet and sculptor. He was born on 16th October 1927 in Free City of Danzig, Poland and died on 13th April 2015 in Lübeck, Germany. Synopsis The

Sachindra BakshiSachindra Bakshi

Sachindra Bakshi (December 25, 1904 – November 23, 1984) was a prominent Indian revolutionary, born in Varanasi. He belonged to the Hindustan Republican Association. As part of the Association he carried out a number of revolutionary activities against the British Empire in India. Hindustan Republican Association – HRA became the

Ram Prasad BismilRam Prasad Bismil

Ram Prasad Bismil (June, 11, 1897 – December 19, 1927) was an Indian revolutionary born in Shahjahanpur. He struggled against imperialism of the British and participated in the Kakori conspiracy in 1925 and Manipuri conspiracy in 1918. Besides being a freedom fighter, he wrote in Urdu and Hindi using pen