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Sonnet By Christina Rossetti

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Transcript of Sonnet By Christina Rossetti

sonnet
CAMILA DECKER, DIEGO VECINO AND JOSE IGNACIO AZADIAN
MOOD & EMOTIONS
BRAINSTORM
ELEMENTS
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LANGUAGE:
Written by: Christina Rossetti (UK female poet)
1830-1894
Published in: 1884

SITUATION:
PLOT:

PURPOSE:
THEMES:
I wish I could remember that first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;

So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.

If only I could recollect it, such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;

If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand - Did one but know!
Voice:

Point of view:

Tone:

Setting:
Author(Christina Rossetti)
1st person. Voice speaks remembering that first day she met her loved one.
The prime situation in this romantic poem is the importance of the first day when the voice met her future love, and how much it means now that time has passed.
ANALYSIS & summary:
1st quatrain
2nd quatrain
3rd quatrain
couplet (a two-line stanza)
QUATRAIN:(four-line stanzas)
There is not an exact setting, because the author reflects her feelings for an old moment, but considering that fact, it could be the amount of time since the meeting, until she wrote it.
Appreciating that old meeting
In this
nostalgic
sonnet the author is trying to recall the day she first met the person she later fell in love with. The poet cannot remember what the season was; it could have perfectly been summer or winter. It was careless for her not to have seen what was coming, and along the poem she expresses how much it means in the future.
In our opinion the purpose of this sonnet is to try and remember that first day and express how she feels about it now that time has passed (after she realized she fell in love).
Love
Remembrance
Caring
Reminiscence
Nostalgic
The poem is divided in 3 quatrains which have 4 lines each, and ends with a closing couplet(2 lines).
Each lines has the same rhythm- Iambic Pentameter 10 syllables and 5 beats per line.
The rhythm scheme is abab cdcd efef gg.
In this romantic sonnet the author expresses her regret to recall the "first day, first hour, first moment" of the "unrecorded" first meeting with her true love. She doesn't know whether the season was bright or dull. It could have been summer, or winter since she never thought what that moment could mean after time passed. This is remarkably expressed as "mean so little" in the old days, and it had no significance, and thought it was "dull" to remember it. However, as time passes by, she started feeling regretful, she would like and wishes to "recall" the memory of the "days of day". Furthermore, it is important to highlight that she does not only want to recollect the day, but to recall the feeling of his hand in hers, and wishes she could have foreseen all this.


EMOTIONS: LOVE, HAPPINESS AND GRATEFULNESS
In our opinion the prevailing mood (emotion) is love. We believe that this word could resume the effect this whole poem is trying to transmit.
I wish I could remember that first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;

So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.

If only I could recollect it, such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;

If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand - Did one but know!
We believe the author uses often words such as "r", "s" and "f" ,throughout the whole poem, to evoke a smooth and calm
sound.
In the first quatrain he repeats the word "first" to reinforce that exactly first moment.
Moreover,in the second quatrain he uses an anaphora
(repeats the same word at the beginning of
the verse to transmit that she was not aware
that later this man would be the love of her
life).
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B
A

A
B
B
A
C
D
D
C
C
D
As an overall impression we can realize the author focuses a lot on images.By the use of the words "first", "meeting", in the first quatrain, we concluded she was pointing THE MOMENT in a fix scenery. However when she started pointing out "winter" and "summer", highlighting she couldn't remember the season a confusing image starts to be created, symbolizing she didn't give importance to that meeting, that later turned to be VERY important.On the other hand, during the second quatrain she proves her "confusion" by saying she was "unrecorded", "blind" and "dull", and tries to add a carelessness feeling to the prevailing image.During the third quatrain she bases herself on that precious and adored moment and remarks how "little it meant". At the end she finishes the poem with the couplet "If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand - Did one but know!", trying to express how much she wants to go back to that day, which meant a lot.
It is important to say that in our opinion the image of unconditional love painted throughout the sonnet is almost vivid.
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