“My heart is like a singing bird.”
Painting by Florence Hamilton to illustrate: A Birthday by Christina Rossetti.
I have used Florence Hamilton’s painting The Lady of Shalott for the background of this blog.
I have always loved Christina Rossetti’s poems. In my novel Castle of Dreams to be released in April of this year I referenced her poem: A Birthday.
Part of a scene in Castle of Dreams:
‘She opened the wrapping; inside was an anthology of Christina Rossetti’s poems. The antique book, bound in green crushed levant, mirror-polished, hand-tooled, was so beautiful she was almost afraid to touch it.’
“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.”
It’s a secret for the moment who gives this beautiful book of poetry to Rose, one of my characters in Castle of Dreams, but after all it is a novel of secrets. There is another verse to the poem that is truly beautiful too that I didn’t use in this scene. I’ll post it another day with a few verses from the very long poem: Goblin Market also by Christina Rossetti.
I have long had an interest in fairytales and throughout Castle of Dreams you will find an occassional reference to magic and the otherworldly.
Have a great day . . . good writing . . .