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Remember - Christina Rossetti

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Transcript of Remember - Christina Rossetti

Remember - Christina Rossetti
Media Connections
A:
Remember me when I am gone away,
B:
Gone far away into the silent land;
B:
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
A:
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
A:
Remember me when no more day by day
B:
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
B:
Only remember me; you understand
A:
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
C:
Yet if you should forget me for a while
D:
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
D:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
E:
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
C:
Better by far you should forget and smile
E:
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Summary
In the early 1860's Christina got engaged to her love Cayley. Later on, she called off the wedding because of their contrasting religious views. It is believed that Christina wrote this poem for Cayley in the perspective that if they had stayed together and Christina were to die, she tells Cayley to never forget the love they once had.
Title
We predict that the title implies to not forget who you are and what you believe in
Yes, Christina's motivation to write this poem must involve a deeper story
She is speaking to a loved one and telling them to remember her after she dies

Setting and Tone
no time
no era
very direct
depressive
dark/mysterious

Structure/Form
14 lines
No stanzas

Style-Speech/Imaginative/Rhetoric
Euphemism
Sense to Sound
Demanding
Simple
Informal, serious tone
Harsh
Summary/Themes
Love
Death
Darkness
Corruption
Grief
Loss of loved ones

Proof: "when you can no more hold me by the hand" (3)
Speaker
First person
She is speaking about her own personal story and relationship
Proof: "remember me when I'm gone away" (1)
Proof: "and afterwards remember, do not grieve; for it the darkness and corruption leave" (10-11)
- The audience only needs to focus on what she's saying
- When speaking of death and the loss of loved ones, silliness and prosperity must be avoided
Metaphor

Paradox
"gone far away into the silent land" (2)
"for if the darkness and corruption leave a vestige of the thoughts that one i had" (11-12)
Explain
Proof: "better by far you should forget and smile" (13)
Sound
Proof: "yet if you should forget for a while, and afterwards remember do not grieve" (9-10)
Figuratively - Christina is describing her own idea of reality, how everyone dies and that fact that we should accept it
Literally - speaking to her loved one not to forget her and the love they shared
ABBAABBA -
rhyme scheme on the first eight lines
Assonance speaks of the sad mood
CDDECE -
rhyme scheme on the last six lines

Proof: "When y
o
u can n
o
m
o
re h
o
ld me by the hand"
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