Remember by Christina Rossetti

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  • Remember by Christina Rossetti
    • Typicality
      • only female poet in antholgy
      • As a Pre- Raphaelite poet.
        • they believed the struggles of the mind were the most difficult to cope with, echoed in this, logic in the octave
    • big themes and idea
      • IRONIC
      • religon and imprefect love
      • Victorian  mourning
    • Critical Theory
      • feminist interpretation
      • religous view
      • really a rejection?
    • Structure
      • octave
        • death decides, humans have no control. her death is the focus, more so its inevitably, PROBLEM
      • sestet
        • SOLVED- HE HAS TO FORGET
          • alters rhyme of sestet. overflow of emotion
      • Volta and couplet- yet if you should
        • reflective change, not at peace- ironic?
      • The semi-colon separates ‘me’ and ‘you’, symbolising the distance between the dead and the living. This caesura also separates her emotional plea for him to “remember” her, and her more logical explanation of what he should “understand”d
      • simplistic- clear
    • form and meter
      • petrachan sonnet
        • 14 lines iambic pentameter renaissance era
          • Mirrors the heartbeat, often linked with a sincere message, intense
        • alters rhyme of sestet. overflow of emotion
      • ABBAABBACDDECE
        • clear, strcutred, controlled
        • no couplet- overflwoing with emotion
        • rhyme between sad and had clearly shows that link between had and sad this gap between forgetting and remembering
      • d·   However, she varies this, for example, in line two by opening with a trochee, with the stress falling on ‘gone’, to emphasise its importance. The next word ‘far’ can be either stressed or unstressed. If stressed this would form a spondee. Each time ‘away’ is used, the word occupies a full metrical foot, again to reinforce its significance.
    • contexts
      • personal  context
        • italain heritage in family, brother was also a poet- pre raphaleite
        • worked with lots of "fallen women"
        • wrote at 19
        • devoutly religious and never married
        • ·       Rossetti grew up surrounded by poetry and Gothic literature, which influenced her writing. Probably her most famous poem was The Goblin Market, which combines these two interests.
      • Historical
        • one of the only female speakers in the age
        • death was very common and rossettis own fatehr was very ill.
        • the period was taken over by mourning- queen Victoria and Albert
    • language
      • title- remember- imperative statement
        • irony reminded to remember
        • repeated throughout exaggerates speakers fears
      • silent land
        • religous allusion to heaven in the old testament , place of peace and silence. peace with death- positve  and euphemistic imagery
        • perahaps is about loneliness and loss of communication too
        •  ‘Silent’ can mean peacefulness but it can also relate to the idea of absence of others and general loneliness. If one takes an alternative interpretation of the poem, where the poem describes rejection of a proposal of marriage rather than death, this ‘silent land’ can refer to her future life where she refuses to communicate with him.
      • physical imagery versus spiritual/mental
        • the hand image is both physicla and spirtual, their love was human and phyiscla now can no longer be like that- now must be spirtual, cant be held
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      • couplet
        • sacrificing their desire in an expression of true love as she tells him to forget, selflessness
      • religious  language
        • pray,silent land, counsel,darkness and corruption
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