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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

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.

Love this author and her poems. I love how she really showed her views and it really shined through in her poems. It would have taken an incredibly strong women to have published poems such as Goblin market in her time, but I am proud she did

Goblin market= major slay

These are really beautiful poems. Even though I'm not Christian I can feel how passionate she is about life and I like the way she can use her religion to express that. She's a master of rhyme and always chooses interesting words. She must have been an interesting person to know, when you read her y

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 understa

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