In Literature we read a poem called “A Birthday” and we analysed it. We now have to answer some questions. We also saw this vídeo of an actress reciting the poem. The following are the questions and the answers. I answered them with Mara.
What is the theme?
The theme of the poem is love, love being expressed through nature.
What is the tone?
Happy, joyfull, exited.
What is the main difference between the two stanzas?
The first stanza is about nature, and the second one is about material and man madre objects.
How are the similies in the poem appropiate for the romantic longings the speaker feels?
The similies are appropiate because they all compare beautiful natural things. “My heart is like a singing bird…” “…like a raimbow shell…”. And because they compare her heart, romantic object.
How is the metaphor of the birthday appropiate?
The metaphor of the birthday is appropiate because the writer first states how happy she is because “… My love has come to me” and then she celebrates that with luxurious objects and materials “…gold and silver grapes…”. So it would be her ” birthday”, because she celebrates love, instead of years. The love of her life.
Make a list of religious symbols. What do they mean in the poem?
The peacok: it has many ejes, it sees everything, like god; The apple-tree: Adan and Eva had this tree with the prohibited apples of temptation which they tried.