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Rossetti is unique among Victorian poets for the sheer range of her subject matter and the variety of her verse form. This collection brings together fantasy poems, such as Goblin Market, and terrifyingly vivid verses for children, love lyrics and sonnets, and the vast body of her devotional poetry. Rossetti's poems weave connections between love and death, triumph and los ...more
Paperback, 1312 pages
Published July 26th 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 1862)
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Neha Yes it is perhaps with only few exceptions. If you have read goblin market and found it sumptuous then this one will also impress you. These are deep…moreYes it is perhaps with only few exceptions. If you have read goblin market and found it sumptuous then this one will also impress you. These are deep poems with few of them being dark but worth reading . my personal favorites are better resurrection, remember, song and Christmas carol(less)
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Liz BooksandStuff
May 03, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it it was amazing
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"When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
.....Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.”

This is the poem I want to be read over my body during my Viking funeral.
How had I never come across this wonderful poet before reading the Penguin Little Black Classics edition? She wrote so beautifully and magnificently, that I am embarrassed for never having read her. Visual imagery? She's got it! Emotion and heart? She's got it! Lust and love? She's got it! A poem about seduction and repent
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Of all of the poets of the Victorian Era, it is my humble opinion that Christina Georgina Rossetti is arguably one of the very best. In fact, I believe her only rival to be Emily Dickinson. I have spent the last two months carefully reading and studying Christina Rossetti's poetry, and am amazed at her ability to craft a poem full of visual imagery, emotion, and so much meaning. She does not hide her feelings or her thoughts on subjects such as life, death, spirituality, love, betrayal, lust, je ...more
Toast
Jan 08, 2014 Toast rated it liked it
Her poetry is quite sublime. And, quite Gothic. You'll be surprised how much you actually know eg In the bleak midwinter. Her short fiction has a strong Austen slant. This was one tough talented cookie check out the portrait on the cover if you don't believe me.
The edition I had had some wonderful editorial notes and essays covering her poetry, her religious prose, her family and the whole PRB that influenced her work. But, a very strong case can be made for her as an independent thinker with f
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Mie
Sep 29, 2013 Mie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have only read the poem "Goblin Market" in this, but I liked that poem. I am not sure I fully understand the poem, but it is a nice, sweet story and it has definately made me curious about her other writings
Sannie Hald
Only read the poem 'Goblin Market' but I am definitely going to read other poems as well. This isn't my first encounter with Rossetti
Neha
May 20, 2016 Neha rated it really liked it
After reading I had hard time abstaining myself from reading more from Rossetti and she kept her prose imposed through other works too... Her poetry mostly seems concentrated on death, pain, satire, lust, sisterhood and gothic even though I have mentioned them randomly you will find I'm bit right about it.
My personal favorites are
Remember
After death
Song
Better resurrection
Up hill
Steve
Mar 07, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
Some of her poems are really good. Goblin Market is her most famous, but I preferred Up-Hill, Sister Maude and After Death.
Aaron
Aug 20, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: None and all.
I've always described poetry as the greatest medium for transmuting mental phenomena into words while retaining something more than just symbols, even thought most poetry I unhesitatingly consider to be some of the worst writing in human history. That being said, Christina Rossetti has the written the most best poetry of anyone I've yet encountered (excluding Poe, who, though talented beyond his credit, is, after all, Romantic in the pejorative sense of more often placating his audience's feelin ...more
Vivianne
Feb 10, 2016 Vivianne rated it it was amazing
Wonderfull ... Rossetti gives me a precious moments.
Stephanie
Oct 30, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Goblin Market is still the best.
Mugren Al-Ohaly
Jul 13, 2016 Mugren Al-Ohaly rated it it was ok
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The only collection I enjoyed was "Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862)"
Kelly Gravedoni
Sep 20, 2011 Kelly Gravedoni rated it really liked it
I have never been a huge fan of poetry but Christina Rossetti's poems have changed my views. Her poems are very descriptive and almost musical to read. Some poetry can be difficult to understand but Rossetti writes in such a way as to be easily understood. Whether she is criticizing or supporting the beliefs of her time, her message always comes through in a way most readers can find pleasing.
Nikki
Feb 15, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, for-class
I haven't actually read every single poem in this book -- that would take a lot longer than this -- but I've dipped in and out of it. Christina Rossetti's writing is lovely and rich. 'Goblin Market' is probably the best known, or it's the one I knew anyway, and that's a good example of how rich and sensual her writing can be, but the rest of her poetry is definitely worth a look, too.
Laura
Mar 29, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
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I didn't actually read the whole thing - just the two volumes with "The Goblin Market" and "The Prince's Progress." I'd never read Christina Rossetti before, and I have to say I really liked her poetry. I'm not sure I enjoy all of the themes she likes to discuss, but I like her style and her subject matter. If you like Victorian poetry, you should try it!
Moira Russell
Apr 10, 2012 Moira Russell marked it as to-read
Good Lord this sucker is BIG. I thought it was maybe 800 pages! Or 600! Granted, in my edition, pp 882-1221 are all notes and index and Back Matter. But I love that sort of thing.
Zoe
Jan 25, 2008 Zoe rated it liked it
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sister and a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Art Movement.
Victorian poetry.
Michelle Johnson
Dec 26, 2009 Michelle Johnson rated it really liked it
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Read for "Introduction to Literary Studies," gateway for the English major, SP08. Sara Maurer.
Charles
Jan 09, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
Goblin Market is of course one of the great 19th Century poems. Creepy, gothic, sensual, marvelous.
Terri Jacobson
Oct 06, 2012 Terri Jacobson rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A fine collection of Christina Rossetti's complete works of poetry.
Denise M
Aug 11, 2013 Denise M rated it really liked it
Actually, partly read years ago. I will return to it to complete it.
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Stray Taoist
Jan 11, 2008 Stray Taoist rated it it was amazing
I love her poetry. I know not everyone does, but I do.
Melissa Lewis
Nov 29, 2011 Melissa Lewis rated it it was amazing
Honest, heartbreaking, lovely. Truly beautiful poetry.
Jessica
Mar 26, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Christina Rossetti.
Katherine
Oct 28, 2010 Katherine rated it it was amazing
I really do love her
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Such fun!
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Christina Georgina Rossetti, one of the most important women poets writing in nineteenth-century England, was born in London December 5, 1830, to Gabriele and Frances (Polidori) Rossetti. Although her fundamentally religious temperament was closer to her mother's, this youngest member of a remarkable family of poets, artists, and critics inherited many of her artistic tendencies from her father.

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When I Am Dead, My Dearest

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress-tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.”
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Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.”
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