Love through the ages

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

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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)


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