Poems and Prose

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OUP Oxford, Oct 9, 2008 - Poetry - 560 pages
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'The mystery of Life, the mystery Of Death, I see Darkly as in a glass...' Christina Rossetti (1830-94) is perhaps the most contradictory of the great Victorian poets. She writes of the world's beauty, but fears that it may be deceptive, even deadly. She is a religious poet, but much of her work is driven by uncertainty. Her poems are restrained, even secretive, but they seek nothing less than the mystery of Life and Death. This edition contains Rossetti's strongest and most distinctive work: poetry (including 'Goblin Market', 'The Prince's Progress', and the sonnet sequence 'Monna Innominata'), stories (including the complete text of Maude), devotional prose (with nearly fifty entries from the 'reading diary' Times Flies), and personal letters. Those poems which Rossetti published, and those which she withheld from publication, are here brought together in chronological order, allowing the reader to observe her poetic trajectory. This edition also records the major revisions made by Rossetti when preparing her poems for publication. It brings together the fullest range of Rossetti's poetry and prose in one volume, and is an indispensable introduction to this entrancing writer. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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User Review  - Nataliewhite88 - LibraryThing

I did not read this entire book, I only read the poem from the list of exemplar text ("Who has seen the wind?" on page 205). My initial reaction to this poem was not positive. I did not like it and ... Read full review

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

Christina Rossetti's frequently-anthologized poem, 'Remember' ('Remember me when I am gone away/ Gone far away into the silent land') is one of my favorites. Her poem 'The Goblin Market', a lush ... Read full review

Contents

By Way of Remembrance
207
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208
A Christmas Carol
210
Venuss LookingGlass
212
A Rose Plant in Jericho
214
The KeyNote
215
Italia Io Ti Saluto
216
A Ballad of Boding
220
The Thread of Life
242
An OldWorld Thicket
243
a Double Sonnet of Sonnets
248
Behold the Man
260
A Valentine
261
A Helpmeet for Him
262
Son Remember
263
STORIES
265

Yet a Little While
226
Monna Innominata
227
Luscious and Sorrowful
235
Touching Never
236
Golden Silences
237
One Foot on Sea and One on Shore
239
An October Garden
240
Summer is Ended
241
DEVOTIONAL PROSE
317
LETTERS
385
Notes
401
Further Reading
496
Index of Titles
499
Index of First Lines of Poems
503
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Simon Humphries was formerly Fellow and Tutor in English at Trinity College, Oxford, and is now an independent scholar. His essays on Victorian literature have appeared in Victorian Poetry, Review of English Studies, and the TLS.