The House of Life: A Sonnet-sequence

Front Cover
Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 301 pages
4 Reviews
Described by W.S. Blunt as 'the greatest of the all the great Victorian poems', this sequence of 103 sonnets was composed between 1847 and 1881, and finally published complete in Ballads and Sonnets just six months before Rossetti's death. These passionate celebrations of the ecstasy of love threatened by change and Fate inspired the Aesthetes and Decadents of the eighties and nineties, leading to Walter Pater's Mona Lisa and Oscar Wilde's Salome.BR > This new edition of Rossetti's poetic masterpiece is presented here with Introduction, Notes and definitive texts and date. All variants are given for each poem (some sonnets exist in as many as eight versions), and each sonnet is given a documented date of composition and first publication. The illustrations include some rarely-seen images, notably a self-portrait by Elizabeth Siddal, the poet's wife, in whose coffin he placed his original poems, only to exhume them eight years later. ROGER C. LEWIS is Emeritus Professor of English, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - tatteredpage - LibraryThing

I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of poetry. But having said that, this collection of sonnets from Dante Gabriel Rosetti was an enjoyable read. Poems range from the very innocent to the incredibly ... Read full review

Review: The House of Life

User Review  - Kelly Hébert - Goodreads

With eyes where burning memory lights love home? Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2007)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a central figure in 19th-century art circles. He is the translator of "The Early Italian Poets" and the author of "Poems and Ballads and Sonnets," Clive Wilmer teaches English at Cambridge University, where he is a Bye-Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, a fellow-commoner of Sidney Sussex College, and an honorary fellow of Anglia Polytechnic University. He is the author of "The Falls," "The Mystery of Things," and "Selected Poems,"

Bibliographic information