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Poem: The End of the Year
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
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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