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A little about Christina Rossetti
Victorian poet Christina Rossetti (1830-94), born into a highly literary and artistic family, was the sister of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82). She wrote a great deal of verse, mainly religious poems and love poems, but also a delightful collection of poems for children called Sing-Song. She began writing poetry before she was 12 and her grandfather privately published a collection of her poems in 1847 when she was 16. It was not, however, until she was 31 that she received the recognition she deserved with the publication of Goblin Market and Other Poems in 1862. There followed further publications of verse and prose until 1893, the year before her death, by which time she was recognised as a great devotional and lyric poet and the best English woman poet of her time. Her stature has been unequalled since.
Some of Christina Rossetti’s poems are widely known: Love poems such as ‘When I am dead, my dearest’ (Song), ‘Remember me when I am gone away’ (Remember), ‘My heart is like a singing bird’ (A Birthday); Religious poems such as ‘Does the road wind up-hill all the way?’ (Up-hill) and ‘In the bleak midwinter’ (A Christmas Carol); and fairy tale narrative poem Goblin Market. Much equally good poetry is less well known, if at all, by the general reading public.
She never married but came close twice and these experiences, together with her strong faith, frequently tested, and her battles with ill health, informed and fed her creative powers.
Almost Paradise: ISBN 0-9546139-0-2 292 pp All material © Andrew Rice-Oxley 2004.