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The House of Life

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Large Format for easy reading. A series of sonnets which initially created a controversy and were attacked for their eroticism and sensuality. They are Rossetti's most substantial literary achievement.
Published October 3rd 2005 by Dodo Press (first published 1870)
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Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rossetti's paintings are out of this world. In his poetry he goes even further by describing intimate relationships. The sensuality was beautiful and it's easy to understand why the poems were controversial (a couple falls asleep after sex etc.), but in the end the purpleness and the excessive praise for love and beauty proved to be too much. Even in small doses.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poems, great
Поэзия Россетти полна мистики и символизма. Чувственный, романтический слог при сложном, замысловатом синтаксисе. Язый, богатый описаниями малейших деталей, и узнаваемая мелодика стиха - все это ярко характеризует автора.
Jul 29, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Poetry Lovers
Shelves: have-read
I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of poetry. But having said that, this collection of sonnets from Dante Gabriel Rosetti was an enjoyable read. Poems range from the very innocent to the incredibly intimate in content, but what I liked the most was the language used. It's easy to get lost in these words, and that's not a wholly unpleasant experience.
I would caution anyone seeking an edition of 'The House of Life' not to buy from this company. Typographical errors abound in the paperback edition, and I find it hard to believe a text could have gone to print so littered with misplaced punctuation, bizarre spelling errors and a constant misuse of 'ruth' for truth' after even a glance from a proofreader.
Marjorie Jensen
I saw Corpse Bride right after I read this sonnet sequence, so Burton's film is entangled with Rossetti's dead lady imagery in my mind. Also, this book inspired a couple sonnets of my own--helped me grow as a poet.
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
read this in college and its luminosity still stirs me. Hard ot find copies, so I am always looking!
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Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry

He's a little purple sometimes, but my god, the man can write a hell of a sonnet.
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With eyes where burning memory lights love home?
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists a ...more
“Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been;
I am also call'd No-more, Too-late, Farewell”
“I marked all kindred Powers the heart finds fair:--
Truth, with awed lips; and Hope, with eyes upcast;
And Fame, whose loud wings fan the ashen Past
To signal-fires, Oblivion's flight to scare;
And Youth, with still some single golden hair
Unto his shoulder clinging, since the last
Embrace wherein two sweet arms held him fast;
And Life, still wreathing flowers for Death to wear.

Love's throne was not with these; but far above
All passionate wind of welcome and farewell”
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