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Christina rossetti's poetic journey

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amber martin

on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of Christina rossetti's poetic journey

BY: Amber Martin Christina Rossetti's Poetic Journey Christina Rossetti
December 5, 1830 Final Day Born in London, England In 1850, under the pen name of Ellen
Alleyne, Rossetti published seven of her poems in the Pre-Raphaelite journal "The Germ".
In that same year, her engagement to artist James Collinson was broken off due to the fact that he changed his religion to Roman Catholic. Her career starter In 1871 Christina was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a thyroid disorder that disfigured her appearance by making her eyes bulge and left her sickly.

Later in 1872, her brother Dante suffered from an emotional breakdown and died in 1882.

Her brothers illness and passing contributed to her deep depression, along with her long term disease. Dark Days Begin This poem greatly shows Rossetti's style of religious symbolism and strong emotions. On December 29th, 1894, Christina Rossetti finally died not from the Graves' disease or the severe depression, but from cancer she developed in 1891. - - Home schooled by her mother, Frances Polidori - Her siblings were Dante Rossetti, Maria Rossetti, and William Rossetti. - She was a strict Pre-Raphaelite With her poems now out, Rossetti was finally discovered and published her own book of poems in 1862 called, "Goblin Market and Other Poems". Because of Rossetti's depression, illness, and failed relationships her poems changed from themes of heart-felt love stories to stories of life being full of pain and death becoming a salvation. Reasons Why Christina Rossetti's most popular style written in her poetry is of religious symbolism and sorrowful diction to elicit strong emotions. Rossetti's religious poetry expressed her dislike of life and the painful trials that everyone has to go through before they can finally rest in Heaven.

She saw her life as a punishment of labor work and emptiness. To her God and Jesus were the only people she could trust and death was the only way to get peace and clarity from life on Earth. - Father was Gabriele Rossetti A Daughter of Eve

A fool I was to sleep at noon,
And wake when night is chilly
Beneath the comfortless cold
A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
A fool to snap my lily.
My garden-plot I have not kept;
Faded and all-forsaken,
I weep as I have never wept:
Oh it was summer when i slept,
It's winter now I waken.
Talk what you please of future
And sun-warm'd sweet to-morroe:-
Stripp'd bare of hope and
No more to laugh, no more to sing, Diction Rossetti uses words like, "snap", "comfortless", "wept", and "stripp'd"
in order to give the reader the initial depressed tone of the poem, but to also express Rossetti's personal sadness in the poem - Her specific choice of negative diction connects Rossetti into the poem as if it was her own personal story, which in return, makes the reader not only share Rossetti's sadness, but feel sympathy for her. Religious symbols -Rossetti uses Eve to symbolize all humans living on Earth

_Eve is a symbol of what Rossetti believes people go through everyday. She sees people in pain weeping over difficulties put into their life. She feels everyday life is a punishment from God himself that is cold with no hope of a better future until a person dies.

_By using a religious symbol not only as Eve, but of the after life, Rossetti shows the reader why she believes that death is better than living because she foresees a beatiful garden waiting after this pain dealing world. "My garden-plot I have not kept;" (line7)
"Oh it was summer when I slept," (line10) "Stripp'd bare of hope..." (line15) "Beneath the comfortless cold moon;" (line 3) - She never married anyone
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