Christina Rossetti


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
December 05, 1830

Died
December 29, 1894

Genre


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.

Judging from somewhat idealized sketches made by her brother Dante, Christina as a teenager seems to have been quite attractive if not beautiful. In 1848 she became engaged to James Collinson, one of the minor Pre-Raphaelite brethren, but the engagement ended after he reverted to Roman Catholicism.

When Professor Rossetti's failing health and
...more

Average rating: 4.04 · 22,553 ratings · 1,008 reviews · 195 distinct worksSimilar authors
Goblin Market

by
4.08 avg rating — 10,478 ratings — published 1862 — 52 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Goblin Market and Other Poems

by
4.07 avg rating — 3,629 ratings — published 1862 — 54 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Complete Poems

by
4.05 avg rating — 1,974 ratings — published 1862 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Poems of Christina Rossetti

by
4.04 avg rating — 1,135 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Selected Poems of Christina...

4.05 avg rating — 725 ratings — published 1970 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rossetti: Poems

4.12 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 1993 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Goblin Market, The Prince's...

3.98 avg rating — 242 ratings38 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sing-Song

by
3.62 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1947 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Poems and Prose

by
4.08 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1995 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Choice of Christina Rosse...

4.02 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1970 — 3 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Christina Rossetti…
“One day in the country
Is worth a month in town”
Christina Rossetti

“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands”
Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems

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.”
Christina Rossetti, Complete Poems

Polls

163126
Who is your favorite poet?

 
  27 votes, 10.2%

 
  23 votes, 8.7%

T. S. Eliot (write-in)
 
  18 votes, 6.8%

 
  15 votes, 5.7%

 
  15 votes, 5.7%

 
  14 votes, 5.3%

William Blake (write-in)
 
  11 votes, 4.2%

 
  9 votes, 3.4%

Sylvia Plath
 
  9 votes, 3.4%

Robert frost (write-in)
 
  8 votes, 3.0%

Walt Whitman (write-in)
 
  8 votes, 3.0%

 
  7 votes, 2.7%

Jon Keats (write-in)
 
  6 votes, 2.3%

 
  6 votes, 2.3%

 
  6 votes, 2.3%

 
  5 votes, 1.9%

I'm not a fan of poetry (write-in)
 
  5 votes, 1.9%

Bob Dylan
 
  5 votes, 1.9%

Edgar Allan Poe, Shelley, Shakespeare and Jim Morrison, also Alfred Noyes
 
  5 votes, 1.9%

 
  4 votes, 1.5%

Jim Morrison (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 1.5%

Franz Kafka (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 1.5%

Charles Baudelaire (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 1.5%

Seamus Heaney (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

George Sterling (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

 
  3 votes, 1.1%

W. H. Auden (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

Tomas Tranströmer or Kahlil Gibran (write-in)
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 0.8%

Anne Sexton
 
  2 votes, 0.8%

 
  2 votes, 0.8%

 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Hugo Claus (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Matsuo Basho (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

juana de ibarbourou (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

John Keats and Giacomo Leopardi (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Robert Service (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

 
  1 vote, 0.4%

A. S. Pushkin (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Big L (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Edward Lear (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Theodor Geisel (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Arthur Rimbaud (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Lord Byron (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

San Juan de la Cruz (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Wilfred Owen (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

Frank O'Hara (write-in)
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Alfred Noyes
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author