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"Uphill" by Christina Rossetti

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Marella Carpenter

on 20 April 2017

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Transcript of "Uphill" by Christina Rossetti

"Uphill" - Christina Rossetti
Does the road wind uphill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labor you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.
Title and Structure
"Uphill" represents something long and tiring.
Organized in questions and answers
"Traveler" and "guide"
First Stanza
"Does the road wind uphill all the way?" - Line 1
"Wind" implies that the journey will be difficult
Challenges and obstacles
"From morn to night, my friend" - Line 4
Morning is a symbol for birth, and night is a symbol for death.
Second Stanza
"A roof for when the slow dark hours begin." - Line 6
Foreshadows death
"You cannot miss that inn." - Line 8
Represents a final resting place
Third and Fourth Stanzas
"Those who have gone before." - Line 10
The journey has already been successfully completed by others.
"They will not keep you standing at that door." - Line 12
The inn is prepared for his/her arrival.
"...beds for all who come." - Line 16
Comfort, rest, and security
"Uphill" by Christina Rossetti
Marella Carpenter
Theme: death, doubt
"Uphill" is about the journey from birth to death.
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