A birthday

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A birthday

  1. 1. “A Birthday” By: Christina Rossetti
  2. 2. BackgroundBackground Born: 1830; London, EnglandBorn: 1830; London, England Died: 1894Died: 1894 Occupation: writer, poet, short story, proseOccupation: writer, poet, short story, prose writerwriter Father was in Italian exileFather was in Italian exile Other works include:Other works include: Goblin Market andGoblin Market and Other Poems, The Prince’s Progress andOther Poems, The Prince’s Progress and Other PoemsOther Poems
  3. 3. “A Birthday” My heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a watered 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 of 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
  4. 4. Theme  “Love between people is a deeper emotion than can be expressed even by natural images of rapture and abundance.”  1st stanza: nature  2nd stanza: things made from nature that are imperishable
  5. 5. SymbolismSymbolism  ““singing bird”singing bird”  ““Whose nest is in a watered shoot”Whose nest is in a watered shoot”  ““fleur-de-lys” and “purple dyes”fleur-de-lys” and “purple dyes”  ““dais”dais”  ““rainbow shell” in the “halcyon sea”rainbow shell” in the “halcyon sea”
  6. 6. Speaker/Tone  Someone who is in love with life  But it may also be a person  “my love is come to me”  Soothing, happy, reverie, imaginative  Conversational
  7. 7. Imagery  1st stanza all imagery was affiliated with figures of speech  2nd stanza the imagery forms a complete picture in the reader’s mind
  8. 8. StructureStructure Iambic tetrameterIambic tetrameter Lyric poemLyric poem 2 stanzas containing 8 lines each2 stanzas containing 8 lines each
  9. 9. Sound Patterns  Rhyming  shoot, fruit  Alliteration  boughs are bent  Assonance  paddles, halcyon, gladder  Consonance  thickset, fruit, bent
  10. 10. Personal Response  Imagery was used really well  Unique idea to compare her love and life to a birthday  Has a nice rhythm and the words flow together
  11. 11. Historical ContextHistorical Context  ““Women and Society”Women and Society”  Women writers were expected to limit theWomen writers were expected to limit the subjects of their poemssubjects of their poems  ““A Birthday” was acceptable because it wasA Birthday” was acceptable because it was about loveabout love
  12. 12. Figures of Speech  Similes in 1st stanza compare to things in nature  “My heart is like a singing bird”  Hyperboles  “boughs are bent with thickset fruit”  Metaphors  “A Birthday”
  13. 13. Works CitedWorks Cited  ““Christina Rossetti.”Christina Rossetti.” EXPLORING Poetry.EXPLORING Poetry. Online EditorOnline Editor 2003. Reproduced in Student Resource Center.2003. Reproduced in Student Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2004.Detroit: Gale, 2004. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRChttp://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC  "Criticism: 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti.""Criticism: 'A Birthday' by Christina Rossetti." EXPLORING PoetryEXPLORING Poetry. Online Edition. Gale, 2003.. Online Edition. Gale, 2003. Reproduced in Student Resource Center. Detroit:Reproduced in Student Resource Center. Detroit: Gale,Gale, 2004.2004. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRChttp://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/SRC  LaBlanc, Michael.LaBlanc, Michael. Poetry for StudentsPoetry for Students. 10 ed.. 10 ed. Farmington Hills: Gale Group, 2001.Farmington Hills: Gale Group, 2001.

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