“The Rainbow” is the short poem by English poet Christina Rossetti, where she beautifully compare the manmade boats, ships and bridges to the natural beauty of the heaven called “The Rainbow”. We all have seen a rainbow, one day or the other. In ancient times people believed it was the bow of Indra, The king of Gods. Some others said it was a bridge created by God to connect heaven and earth.
The speaker says that it look more beautiful to see clouds that sail across the sky in comparison of the manmade boat sailing on the rivers or the ships sailing on the seas.
In the other lines she again compare manmade beautiful bridges with this natural bow that bridges heaven. This bridge looms over the treetops and builds a road from the earth to sky, obviously far prettier than all the other man-made bridges.
“The Rainbow” Poem Lyrics
Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier far 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.