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The Complete Poems

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,423 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A captivating collection of enduring verse by one of the Victorian era's most beloved poets

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 de
Paperback, 1312 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Penguin Classics (first published 1862)
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Christopher H.
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
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
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
Some of her poems are really good. Goblin Market is her most famous, but I preferred Up-Hill, Sister Maude and After Death.
Aug 20, 2008 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Goblin Market is still the best.
Kelly Gravedoni
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.
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.
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.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sister and a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Art Movement.
Victorian poetry.
Michelle Johnson
Read for "Introduction to Literary Studies," gateway for the English major, SP08. Sara Maurer.
Goblin Market is of course one of the great 19th Century poems. Creepy, gothic, sensual, marvelous.
Terri Jacobson
A fine collection of Christina Rossetti's complete works of poetry.
Denise M
Actually, partly read years ago. I will return to it to complete it.
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I love her poetry. I know not everyone does, but I do.
Melissa Lewis
Honest, heartbreaking, lovely. Truly beautiful poetry.
I absolutely love Christina Rossetti.
I really do love her
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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.”

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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