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.

7 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

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