Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti was one of the most important poets of the Victorian age. She wrote several important pieces of poetry, many of which were published in Goblin Market and other Poems. Interest in Rossetti’s poetry has only increased in the decades since her death. Read more about Christina Rossetti.

A Bird Song

‘A Bird Song’ by Christina Rossetti describes, through the interactions of swallows, the need a speaker has for a consistent companion. 

A Dirge

‘A Dirge’ by Christina Rossetti is a thoughtful and moving poem about death. It speaks on the birth and death of an important person in the speaker’s life.

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A Hope Carol

‘A Hope Carol’ describes a liminal space in which a speaker is existing and the elements which inspire her to hope for the future. 

After Death

‘After Death’ is a Petrarchan Sonnet by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti. It skillfully explores themes of death and tragic love.

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An Apple Gathering

‘An Apple Gathering’ is a first-person account of a woman who had a relationship before marriage and suffered the societal consquences.

At Home

‘At Home’ describes the plight of a ghost who is kept separate from happiness, friends, and her no longer possible future.

Cousin Kate

‘Cousin Kate’ speaks to the circumstance of women during the Victorian era. The period in which Rossetti wrote this poem makes the message all the more meaningful.

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De Profundis

‘De Profundis’ by Christina Rossetti describes a speaker’s longing for heaven, and the impossibility of reaching it during one’s lifetime. 

Goblin Market

‘Goblin Market’ is one of Christina Rossetti’s most famous and well-studied poems. The symbolism in the poem has led to a number of interpretations. One could argue that it is a metaphor for drug addiction or female purity.

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In an Artist’s Studio

‘In an Artist’s Studio’ describes one artist’s obsession over a particular woman and the way that her face has absorbs his every thought. 

In the Bleak Midwinter

‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ describes the birth of the Christ child on a “bleak midwinter” day and those who came to see him. 

Let Me Go

In ‘Let Me Go,’ readers will find a soothing and peaceful depiction of death from the perspective of someone about to face it. 

May

‘May’ by Christina Rossetti describes an unknown, now finished, event a speaker experienced in the warm, young and pleasant month of May.

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