Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
ossetti came from a family of famous siblings including the painter and poet, Dante Gabrielle Rossetti. She wrote a variety of romantic, devotional and children’s poetry, her most famous work being her long poem, Goblin Market and her love poem Remember. She was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and modelled for her brother.
A Birthday (published 1860’s)
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a daïs of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a movement of artists and poets (1848-1870).
The movement sought to return to the styles that were practised before Raphael (1483-1520) Their art and poetry is characterised by detail, colour and complex composition.
Victorian Period – 1830-1901
Realism – 1830-1900
Naturalism – 1865-1900
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)