Saturday, April 16, 2005


I'm getting some very nice responses on this really interesting poem.

The author was born in 1830 in London. She was published in the Germ, the Pre-Raphaelite journal, and sat for a number of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites, including some by her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The existential themes in her poetry turned from unrequited love to the renunciation of earthly love. Death hovered above all of her work, like the demon in Fuseli's Nightmare. Christina Rossetti's famous poem "Goblin's Market" is an amazing meditation on women as sexual prey.

She was a devout Anglican who never married. There's this sexist assumption that something is solemn about women who never marry. Men who don't marry 'tho seem roguish and sexually charged. Anyway, she died in 1894. And, her poetry rocks, dig this:

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro'

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

by Christina Georgina Rossetti