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Poem: The End of the Year

Handwritten PoemThe book contains a reproduction of this poem in Christina Rossetti's own handwriting. Please click on the thumbnail to view a larger picture in a new window.


The poem was published in Goblin Market and Other Poems in 1862 with two other poems about the end of the year and renamed Old and New Year Ditties .1, being the first in the sequence of three poems. The manuscript poem reproduced here is kept in the British Library. It is in one of the notebooks in which Christina Rossetti wrote down and dated all her poems until 1866. Further details of the manuscript notebooks are given in the notes on the last of the dated poems Song: 'O what comes over the sea?' The third poem in the sequence - Old and New Year Ditties 3 - which begins, 'Passing away, saith the World ....' drew extravagant praise from the poet Swinburne, a great admirer of Christina Rossetti, who said of the poem "I have always thought that nothing more glorious in poetry has ever been written". Both Old and New Ditties 1 & 3 are included in the selection and have notes on them.

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Extract 1 this is the first page of the Contents List.

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Extract 2 (page 54): Winter: My Secret, one of Rossetti's most popular and buoyant poems, is set beside the wistful An Apple Gathering: both composed on the same day.

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Extract 3 (page 91): Note how different are the four poems on this page, yet all are composed within two days in February 1865. For more about Amor Mundi see Introduction and Notes.

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Extract 4   shows examples of the extensive Notes which accompany the poems.

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Almost Paradise: ISBN 0-9546139-0-2  292 pp    All material Andrew Rice-Oxley 2004.