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Selected Poems : Penguin Classics - Christina Rossetti

Selected Poems

Penguin Classics


Published: 24th April 2008
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The poems selected in this volume display the extraordinary talent of Christina Rossetti, showing her to be one of the nineteenth century's most important English poets. Here, ordinary and magical worlds collide as humans speak to God, poets speak to their muses and hope battles against despair. Devotional poems such as 'St. Peter' and 'Out of the Deep' describe Rossetti's profound religious faith, while in 'A Christmas Carol' and 'At Last' she offers herself to God. Works such as 'Hope in Grief' show optimism in the face of loss, and 'Marina,' 'Heart's Chill Between,' 'L.E.L.' and 'Twice' are among many meditations on the bittersweet nature of love. This volume also includes the bewitching fantasy 'Goblin Market,' in which the mundane act of shopping becomes rife with fairy-tale enchantment and menace.

In her introduction, Dinah Roe discusses Rossetti's complexity and imaginative powers; her life, literary career and religious beliefs; and the changing critical perceptions of her works. This edition includes further reading, a chronology and notes.

About The Author

Rossetti is unique among Victorian poets for the sheer range of her subject matter and the variety of her verse form. This collection brings together fantasy poems, such as Goblin Market, and terrifyingly vivid verses for children, love lyrics and sonnets, and the vast body of her devotional poetry. Rossetti's poems weave connections between love and death, triumph and loss, heavenly joys and earthly pleasures. The directness and clarity of her lyrics still have the power to startle us with their truth and beauty.

On Albinap. 3
Forget Me Notp. 3
Charadep. 3
Hope in Griefp. 4
On the Death of a Catp. 5
Sapphop. 6
Heart's Chill Betweenp. 6
Death's Chill Betweenp. 8
Lines / given with a Penwiperp. 9
A Pause of Thoughtp. 10
Song ['She sat and sang always']p. 10
Song ['When I am dead, my dearest']p. 11
Some ladies dress in muslin full and whitep. 12
On Keatsp. 12
Song ['Oh roses for the flush of youth']p. 13
Have you forgotten?p. 13
Sweet Deathp. 14
An Endp. 14
Dream-Landp. 15
Rememberp. 16
Three Nunsp. 17
Portraitsp. 24
'Consider the Lilies of the Field' ['Flowers preach to us if we will hear']p. 24
The P.R.B.p. 25
The Bournep. 26
The Worldp. 26
From the Antiquep. 27
Three Stagesp. 27
Echop. 30
My Dreamp. 31
Mayp. 33
Shut Outp. 33
Amenp. 34
The Hour and the Ghostp. 35
The Lowest Roomp. 37
A Triadp. 47
Love from the Northp. 48
In an Artist's Studiop. 49
A Better Resurrectionp. 49
'Whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive'p. 50
'The heart knoweth its own bitterness' ['When all the over-work of life']p. 51
A Birthdayp. 52
An Apple-Gatheringp. 53
Winter: My Secretp. 54
Maude Clarep. 55
At Homep. 57
Up-Hillp. 58
The Convent Thresholdp. 59
'What good shall my life do me?' ['Have dead men long to wait?']p. 63
Winter Rainp. 64
L.E.L.p. 65
Goblin Marketp. 67
'No, Thank You, John'p. 83
'Out of the Deep'p. 84
The Queen of Heartsp. 85
Considerp. 86
The Lowest Placep. 87
Beauty is Vainp. 87
What Would I Give?p. 88
Who Shall Deliver Me?p. 88
Twicep. 89
Jessie Cameronp. 91
The Prince's Progressp. 94
Memoryp. 112
Amor Mundip. 114
'The Iniquity of the Fathers Upon the Children'p. 115
A Daughter of Evep. 131
A Smile and a Sighp. 131
Autumn Violetsp. 132
'They Desire a Better Country'p. 132
A Christmas Carolp. 134
Love me, - I love youp. 135
A city plum is not a plump. 135
A baby's cradle with no baby in itp. 135
Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birthp. 136
A linnet in a gilded cagep. 136
If all were rain and never sunp. 136
If I were a Queenp. 136
What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrowp. 137
Brown and furryp. 137
A toadstool comes up in a nightp. 137
If a pig wore a wigp. 137
How many seconds in a minute?p. 138
What is pink? a rose is pinkp. 138
A pin has a head, but has no hairp. 139
When fishes set umbrellas upp. 139
The peacock has a score of eyesp. 139
The wind has such a rainy soundp. 140
Who has seen the wind?p. 140
When a mounting skylark singsp. 140
An emerald is as green as grassp. 141
What does the bee do?p. 141
I caught a little ladybirdp. 141
Baby lies so fast asleepp. 142
Confluentsp. 142
'Yet a little while'p. 143
Manna Innominatap. 143
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tomep. 152
The Key-Notep. 152
He and Shep. 153
De Profundisp. 153
'Hollow-Sounding and Mysterious'p. 154
At Lastp. 155
Marianap. 155
Passing and Glassingp. 156
The Thread of Lifep. 157
Touching 'Never'p. 158
An Old-World Thicketp. 159
Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnetsp. 165
'Judge nothing before the time'p. 177
Joy is but sorrowp. 178
'Redeeming the Time'p. 178
'Doeth well ... doeth better'p. 178
A Castle-Builder's Worldp. 179
Piteous my rhyme isp. 179
If love is not worth loving, then life is not worth livingp. 180
Roses on a brierp. 180
'Called to be Saints'p. 181
Of each sad word which is more sorrowfulp. 181
Our heaven must be within ourselvesp. 183
'A Helpmeet for Him'p. 183
O ye who love todayp. 183
Lord, I am feeble and of mean accountp. 183
What is the beginning? Love. What the course? Love stillp. 183
As froth on the face of the deepp. 184
Patience must dwell with Love, for Love and Sorrowp. 184
Hope is the counterpoise of fearp. 184
'Subject to like Passions as we are'p. 185
Experience bows a sweet contented facep. 185
'Charity never Faileth'p. 186
Safe where I cannot lie yetp. 186
How great is little man!p. 186
'The Greatest of these is Charity'p. 187
'O Lucifer, Son of the Morning!'p. 188
Time seems not shortp. 188
'Judge not according to the appearance'p. 189
St Peterp. 189
'Sit down in the lowest room'p. 190
'Consider the Lilies of the Field' ['Solomon most glorious in array']p. 190
Our Mothers, lovely women pitifulp. 190
Babylon the Greatp. 191
'Do this, and he doeth it'p. 191
'Standing afar off for the fear of her torment'p. 192
Vigil of St Bartholomewp. 192
'Who hath despised the day of small things?'p. 193
Tune me, O Lord, into one harmonyp. 193
Notesp. 195
Index of Titlesp. 253
Index of First Linesp. 258
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ISBN: 9780140424690
ISBN-10: 0140424695
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th April 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1