A Birthday

By Christina Rossetti 1830–1894 Christina Rossetti
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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Poet Christina Rossetti 1830–1894

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Relationships, Birth & Birthdays, Living, Love, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

Occasions Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversary, Toasts & Celebrations

Holidays Valentine's Day

Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile, Rhymed Stanza

 Christina  Rossetti

Biography

Of all Victorian women poets, posterity has been kindest to Christina Rossetti. Her poetry has never disappeared from view, and her reputation, though it suffered a decline in the first half of the twentieth century, has always been preserved to some degree. Critical interest in Rossetti’s poetry swelled in the final decades of the twentieth century, a resurgence largely impelled by the emergence of feminist criticism; much of . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Birth & Birthdays, Living, Love, Romantic Love, Classic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Imagery, Simile, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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