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Poems of Christina Rossetti (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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A beautifully illustrated gift book edition of Rossetti's musical nineteenth-century poetry includes such familiar works as ""Repining,"" ""A Birthday,"" ""Amor Mundi,"" and ""Goblin Market.""
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published September 14th 1994 by Gramercy (first published November 6th 1986)
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Oct 19, 2009 Christopher H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This little volume of Christina Rossetti's poetry is simply sublime! While it is not a complete collection of her beautiful poetry, it does contain some examples of her finest work. Of course it contains the thought-provoking epic poem, "Goblin Market." Some of my other personal favorites include: "An Echo from Willowwood," "Song," "After Death," "The Ghost's Petition;" and one of her very best, in my opinion, "The Convent Threshold."

Christina Rossetti was the younger sister of the talented Pre-...more
This poem is simply beautiful.......


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 plann'd:
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...more
I love the books of poetry from this series and I love Christina Rossetti. I carry these small books everywhere and this is definitely one of my favorites.
Christina Rosetti's poems are masterpieces, a voice of her age and (not just women) but the people of her time- Rosetti takes you on a sea of emotions and lets you down gentle feeling rejuvenated and smiling. I love her poems and "Remember" is my ABSOLUTE favourite poem (That and 2If" by Rudyard Kipling). I never think about death the same way, only Rosetti's poetry has that power. Must read her poems to truly be a balanced poet and poem-reader.
Passing away the bliss,
The anguish passing away:
Thus it is

Clean past away the sorrow,
The pleasure brought back to stay:
Thus and this

(7/10) I came to this collection, as most people do, because of "Goblin Market", and while I'd loved to say it's eclipsed by more obscure gems, it remains probably Christina Rosetti's best poem, blending together her ferverent moralism with an element of the fantastic that remains unsettling even after the poem's conclusion. A lot of her work is pious, fairly simple Christian poems that rankle with earnestness and obvious rhymes. Her longer-form narrative poems are a lot better, even if they nev...more
I suspect Rossetti and I would not have gotten along had we chanced to meet at a cocktail party. In fact, I get the feeling I might have faked a heart attack/stroke/labor pains to get away from her drearily repetitious piety. Her verses are beautifully rendered - tightly constructed and lovingly metered - yet by and large wildly uninteresting(at least to me). Given that a chunk of them coolly address unrequited love, one can't help but picture her crouched over a page, counting off beats on her...more
I stole this book of poetry from my Mom. I remember reading "Goblin Market" while my husband was studying for his Eng Lit degree. I loved it because you don't have to have study group to enjoy. Like the fruit in "Goblin Market" it's juicy and delicious.
Some absolutely beautiful poetry, with 'The Heart Knoweth its Own Bitterness', 'L.E.L.', 'The Thread of Life' and 'Monna Innominata' being particular favourites. However, as an atheist I found some of the overtly religious tones a little hard to stomach.
I'm not sure if I mis-read the first poem ("Goblin Market"), but I could have sworn that the sisters were goblins, too. Maybe not. (Upon re-reading the poem I have come to accept their non-goblin-hood. Goblins are bad, sisters are good.)
There were some beautiful poems in this collection, but there were a larger number of obscure sacred ones. I think I would stick with her selected works next time.
very romantic poet...i love SONG and the ROSE.

'a lady of all beauty is a rose upon a thorn'
Anna Sutanto
How can she describe pain so beautifully? Beauty so painfully?
Bri Zabriskie
One of my favorite poets.
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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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“Ah me, but where are now the songs I sang
When life was sweet because you call’d them sweet?”
“My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.”
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