Compare and Contrast Remember and A Birthday by Christina Rossetti

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Compare and Contrast Remember and A Birthday by Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti was born in Victorian England and grew up in the pre-Raphaelite era. Coming from a well educated family she drew influence for her poems from her surroundings and experiences. In ‘A
Birthday’, she looks at the celebration of finding new love. She is overjoyed because her love is reciprocated and wants to make a new beginning with this man spending the rest of her life with him raising a family. A Birthday is filled with joy, happiness and anticipation of what life will be like with her new love. Whereas ‘Remember’ is very different; she must prepare her lifelong lover/husband for her death.
The tone of joy is therefore replaced by a much
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This is followed by the first simile. The idea of a signing bird conveys the image of joyous singing which is pure and perfect. The rising inflection is used to imitate the pattern of the song bird. The illustration of a nest gives the idea of fertility and that a woman has finally found someone who she wishes to spend the rest of her life. She wishes to come home and have a family with this man and stay with him for the rest of her life and this is not just a casual love affair. The idea of the watered shoot also gives the image of fertility were water is the key to life.
The nest will therefore be built in this place so many children can be had and the idea of a watered shoot is the new growth of children from the original. It is also the idea of the woman growing bigger during pregnancy. This is in complete contrast with the display of love in ‘Remember’ which is a much longer and continuous love which isn’t just about short term emotional and physical feelings. The second simile in ‘a birthday’ contains t and b alliteration and the sound is as if it is heavy like a pain on her heart. The idea of an apple tree show that it has much fruit which is relating to the image of much love and fulfilment but it also conveys the idea that love can sometimes bring pain and hardship with it when it extends the simile ’whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit.’. It means that responsibility is brought with love because you are responsible for the
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