Goblin Market - A Birthday Summary & Analysis

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Summary

A Birthday is a love poem. The first verse describes the narrator's heart by comparing it with many happy images such as a "singing bird" and a "halcyon sea." The reason the narrator is so happy is because she is in love and her love has come to her.

The second verse contains lots of images of a heavenly bed. The bed is ornate and rich with silk cloths and gold hangings. The narrator repeats the message of being in love and being happy.

Analysis

This is a joyous and happy poem. Similes are used in the first verse to describe the narrator's happiness, but their overuse makes the love seem abundant and effusive. The use of hyperbole in the last line of the first verse emphasises the fact that the narrator is unable to contain her love.

The second verse has connotations of wealth and riches...

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