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Rossetti by Christina Rossetti
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Sep 24, 11

bookshelves: 2011-reads
Read in August, 2011

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 fingers, and using each dryish syllable to further button down her heart. Possibly due to Rossetti's general fame, Everyman chose to forego an introduction or biographical sketch of any kind, a choice I always tend to view as an error. A very obviously talented woman... but I'd rather hang with (and read) Dorothy Parker.
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