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Goblin Market and Other Poems

Christina Georgina Rossetti

Book Overview: 

Goblin Market and Other Poems is British writer Christina Rossetti's first book of poetry. The title poem is her most famous work: a creepy and sensual tale of two sisters' temptation to eat forbidden fruits. The poems explore themes of death, faith, isolation, and love, with a section of devotional pieces at the end.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Russian snows To be pecked at by every wind that blows? You would not peck? I thank you for good-will, Believe, but leave that truth untested still. Spring's an expansive time: yet I don't trust March with its peck of dust, [53]Nor April with its rainbow-crowned brief showers, Nor even May, whose flowers One frost may wither through the sunless hours. Perhaps some languid summer day, When drowsy birds sing less and less, And golden fruit is ripening to excess, If there's not too much sun nor too much cloud, And the warm wind is neither still nor loud, Perhaps my secret I may say, Or you may guess. ANOTHER SPRING. If I might see another Spring I'd not plant summer flowers and wait: I'd have my crocuses at once, My leafless pink mezereons, My chill-veined snowdrops, choicer yet My white or azure violet, Leaf-nested primrose; anything To blow at once not late. If I might see another Spring I'd listen to the daylight birds That build their. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 Kip

Passing away the bliss,
The anguish passing away:
Thus it is
Today.

Clean past away the sorrow,
The pleasure brought back to stay:
Thus and this
Tomorrow.

(Passing)

A diverse collection of her poems, showcasing her skills.

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.

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

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 f

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 co

This poem is simply beautiful.......

Remember

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 understa

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 D

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 play

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