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The House of Life

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Large Format for easy reading. A series of sonnets which initially created a controversy and were attacked for their eroticism and sensuality. They are Rossetti's most substantial literary achievement.
Published October 3rd 2005 by Dodo Press (first published January 1st 1928)
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Marian Weaver

He's a little purple sometimes, but my god, the man can write a hell of a sonnet.
David Watson
An amazing sonnet sequence. Deep, haunting and beautiful.
I would caution anyone seeking an edition of 'The House of Life' not to buy from this company. Typographical errors abound in the paperback edition, and I find it hard to believe a text could have gone to print so littered with misplaced punctuation, bizarre spelling errors and a constant misuse of 'ruth' for truth' after even a glance from a proofreader.
Jul 29, 2007 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Poetry Lovers
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I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of poetry. But having said that, this collection of sonnets from Dante Gabriel Rosetti was an enjoyable read. Poems range from the very innocent to the incredibly intimate in content, but what I liked the most was the language used. It's easy to get lost in these words, and that's not a wholly unpleasant experience.
read this in college and its luminosity still stirs me. Hard ot find copies, so I am always looking!
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With eyes where burning memory lights love home?
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists a ...more
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Selected Poems and Translations: Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Complete Poetical Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Collected Poetry and Prose The New Life of Dante Alighieri The Blessed Damozel (1905)

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“Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been;
I am also call'd No-more, Too-late, Farewell”
“I marked all kindred Powers the heart finds fair:--
Truth, with awed lips; and Hope, with eyes upcast;
And Fame, whose loud wings fan the ashen Past
To signal-fires, Oblivion's flight to scare;
And Youth, with still some single golden hair
Unto his shoulder clinging, since the last
Embrace wherein two sweet arms held him fast;
And Life, still wreathing flowers for Death to wear.

Love's throne was not with these; but far above
All passionate wind of welcome and farewell”
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