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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,196 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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."" ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published September 14th 1994 by Gramercy (first published November 6th 1986)
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JV (semi-hiatus)
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2018, classics
A remarkable collection of artistic poetry in a Victorian worldview filled with wistful hopes, evocative imageries, and deep emotions.

Rossetti, a talented poetess, tackled recurring themes such as piety, love, sentimentalism, feminism, and somehow, like Emily Dickinson, had a penchant for death. My only gripe here is that I was not a fan of her religious poems, but it's still worth reading. I've only selected the poems that I found lovely and soul-stirring. Excerpts and commentaries follow ther
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 ha
Ruxandra (4fără15)
Lie still, lie still, my breaking heart;
My silent heart, lie still and break:
Life, and the world, and mine own self, are changed
For a dream's sake.
Jun 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, poetry, in-en
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

May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, poetry, 19th-century
Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

Twist me a crown of wind-flowers;
That I may fly away
To hear the singers at their song,
And players at their play.

Put on your crown of wind-flowers:
But whither would you go?
Beyond the surging of the sea
And the storms that blow.

Alas! your crown of wind-flowers
Can never make you fly:
I twist them i
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can always fall into the words of Rossetti's poetry quietly. Her words are quick to catch the attention in any topic she chooses, whether she is writing about unrequited love, love lost, or a sister's love, and always leave a sweet aftertaste.

The tea I recommended for this book is Hard Candy by David's Tea. With it's smoothness upon your lips to the sweet taste, it reminds me wholly of Rossetti's word, especially her Goblin Market poem.
Ali Nazifpour
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Rossetti is a poet with many contradictions: sometimes she's extremely ahead of her time, a feminist warrior; yet at other times, especially in her religious verses, she is so quaint and old-fashioned. Sometimes she's fierce, sometimes preachy, often sad and melancholic. However, she is constantly great, at least in this excellent selection of her poems. A master wordsmith, and at times your heart breaks a little. ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to read through some old poems I already knew and discover some new ones!! however, I really hated this book edition!! Goblin market, in my opinion one of Rossetti's best poems, was abridged along with some of her other longer poems! It just completely took away the emotion and message from those poems which really upset me. In addition, the "illustrations" I found did not match the poems and felt like they were just old paintings they put in (very much like those cheap paperback cla ...more
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-21
My favorites include “A Birthday” which is such a wonderful poem for hopeful new beginnings, especially in today’s world, “The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse” and “Frog and Toad.” I could spend ten years studying “The Goblin Market” and never fully understand what it means. The Victorians!
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other

This was an okay poem book. I have to admit that this is not the normal type of book that I would read. And I did read the whole book which wasn't too bad.
Rhiannon Grant
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A diverse collection of her poems, showcasing her skills.
Bean Bouguereau
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, poetry, 2018
A remarkable collection of artistic poetry in a Victorian worldview filled with wistful hopes, evocative imageries, and deep emotions.

Rossetti, a talented poetess, tackled recurring themes such as piety, love, sentimentalism, feminism, and somehow, like Emily Dickinson, had a penchant for death.

The Goblin Market
An allegorical poem about temptation and redemption with sheer focus on sisterly love, sexual pleasures, or perhaps homosexuality (in another interpretation) as well as Victorian feminis
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christina Rossetti was first published at the age of 17 and from there went on to publish hundreds of poems; the majority religious and this may dissuade those who don’t hold with religion from reading her work, all I can say is please don’t let it.

One of my favourite pieces of her writing is 'Goblin Market’, the tale of two sisters Lizzie and Laura, and their almost fatal encounter with the goblin men. On first read I found it to be quite confusing, but the more I read this poem the more I came
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
(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
Sharayu Gangurde
I am definitely going to buy a print copy of this wonderful book of poetry. I first became intrigued with Christina Rossetti last year, in 2015, when I chanced upon a penguin publication of her poem, The Goblin Market as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations. I could only imagine the Victorian circumstances and way of living that forced such brilliant women like Rossetti to seek their creative outlet through poetry. As a new Kindle reader, among the very first books that I searched for were ...more
Tyrannosaurus regina
I never really thought of myself as having a particular taste in poetry, but I guess I did, and I do, and it has changed somewhat since the last time I read a lot of Christina Rossetti because I don't love this as much as I remembered. The language isn't as beautiful as it is in my memory and it doesn't often have an evocative force for me (though there are certainly moments).

However, "No, Thank You, John" just might be my new favourite thing.
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"What are frail? spring blossoms and youth."

The simplicity of her words and the rhythmic artfulness of her short lines makes her work very haunting and intimate, but nonetheless beautiful. How one can write of pain in such a beautiful manner really does strike me, her words really do express her melancholic nature with wonderful poignancy.

There were moments were I felt as though I had to put the book down because of how vivid the feelings became!
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I happened on this scanning the poetry shelves at the library, so it was a happy find. Her poem turned Christmas carol "In the Bleak Mid-Winter" was known to me. I enjoyed the opportunity to familiarize myself with more of her poems. This is a thin volume and has a clearly Victorian style, but offers some lovely meditations for Advent and Lent in particular. ...more
Jan 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-and-plays
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. ...more
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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. ...more
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.) ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems-poetry, ebooks Read: 18 Feb-7 March 2009. A bit much sometimes, especially when she’s on about religion, but I enjoyed quite a few.
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
very romantic poet...i love SONG and the ROSE.

'a lady of all beauty is a rose upon a thorn'
Bri Zabriskie
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poets.
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.
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Christina Rossetti is an amazing poet and I thoroughly enjoyed studying her works at A-level. Not to mention all the sexual connotations you can squeeze out of 'Goblin Market'! ...more
Lapsus Linguae
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Loved most of the poems, but some of them where the traditional woman's role as a "helpmeet for him" (i.e. a man, actually it's the title of one of the poems) was praised made me annoyed. ...more
Beth P.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I like poetry. ^_^
Anna Sutanto
Sep 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
How can she describe pain so beautifully? Beauty so painfully?
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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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