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"A Birthday" by Christina Rossetti
Read about Christina Rossetti in the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
In your own words, please explain what this line reveals about the speaker's heart.
Which of the following lines from the first stanza is NOT a simile?
Halcyon is being used as a(n) _____________ here meaning peaceful, gentle, and calm.
At the end of the first stanza, the speaker explains why her heart feels the way it feels. In your own words, please explain the reason.
An anaphora is a literary device which consists of a word or phrase being repeated during a text. "My heart" is used as an anaphora in the first stanza. Many famous writers and speakers have used this device. For example, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. used anaphora in his "I Have a Dream" speech. Take a moment to skim the Walt Whitman poem linked below and see his use of anaphora. (This annotation contains a link)
Rossetti uses a lot of imagery in this poem. Watch the video below to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
A fleurs-de-lys, or iris, is a variety of flower. You can see a photograph of a blue iris below. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Rossetti chose to call this poem "A Birthday"? What is the relationship of the title to the subject of the poem?