Christina Rossetti: The Rainbow

I don’t remember much about Rossetti except her famous Goblin Market, a poem which is ostensibly about two children but was taught to me as R-rated verse! Here, though, is Rossetti at her innocent best, without any of that allusion and complex layering (as far as I can tell anyway). Nothing like a child’s poem to lift the tired spirit.

The Rainbow

Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier than these.

There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.

8 responses to “Christina Rossetti: The Rainbow

  1. plz keep smaller poems also

  2. This was one of my favorite poems as a child. I read it often in the”My Book House” series.

  3. Nice poem for children- easy to understand and recite.

  4. i like it because its so easy to understand

  5. i got it learned by just reading it once as it is so esay.

  6. can someone tell me what the poem is about?

  7. love this poem

  8. someone please send me the summary of the poem “The Rainbow “

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