Christina Rossetti

in London, England
December 05, 1830

December 29, 1894


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 eyesigh

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“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


July 2020 Short Story/Novella Poll

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury, 30 or less pages, 1950
  89 votes, 26.8%

  82 votes, 24.7%

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, 70 pages, 1862
  58 votes, 17.5%

  35 votes, 10.5%

  27 votes, 8.1%

  24 votes, 7.2%

  17 votes, 5.1%


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