Rossetti Context

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  • Rossetti
    • Religious imagery
      • Biblical temptation of the apple and the snake and serpent.
        • Eve and women being seen as damned by temptation in Victorian society.
      • 'Twice" - Jesus was the one to write in the sand so this is an allude to that teaching.
      • 'The Key-Note' - the Robin tried to remove God's thorns and was splashed with blood by doing so.
      • the Victorian debate of science vs. religion. How religion always comes out on top in Rossetti's poetry.
      • Liturgical language of the Church seen in 'Thread of Life' through devotional singing.
    • Her personal life
      • Rossetti was a deeply religious person - Trachtarian
      • She never married. Turning down a proposal for being too Catholic and another for not being Catholic enough.
        • Rossetti was a deeply religious person - Trachtarian
      • She worked with Prostitutes at the Mary Magdalene Home to help them reform their lives.
      • Was a large fan of Keats - his natural imagery in her poems.
      • Her poetry tells us that she was not truly happy on earth and believed life was waiting for the paradise that is Heaven.
        • She was a devout believer, much like her mother and her sister who later became a nun
      • Her later work is more reflective of an ode to death.
      • She worked with her brothers closely in order to get published.
    • Victorian Times
      • The Romantics Movement influenced her work. Seen through images of beauty and nature
      • Ruskin's hatred of pathetic fallacy and the 'improper' figurative imagery used.
      • Victorian flower symbolism. Violets are innocence or lust depending on colour.
      • Victorian societies ideals of women and how they are owned by their fathers/husbands.
        • Women's Property Act 1882
        • Prostitutes were quite common in London at the time.
      • Power of genders in Victorian Society. Men over women in ownership and life.
    • Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood
      • Dante Gabriel and William Rossetti were among the main leaders.
      • The natural and detailed arts made were not liked by Ruskin as he deemed them 'unrealistic'
      • Dante and Lizzie Siddal and her life of a prostitute and drugs reflected in 'An Artists Studio'.
      • William's death is obvious in Rossetti's poetry as his voice takes on some of the poems eg. 'They desire a better country'.
      • The PRB aimed to create a natural and symbolic view of the world around them
  • Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood
    • Dante Gabriel and William Rossetti were among the main leaders.
    • The natural and detailed arts made were not liked by Ruskin as he deemed them 'unrealistic'
    • Dante and Lizzie Siddal and her life of a prostitute and drugs reflected in 'An Artists Studio'.
    • William's death is obvious in Rossetti's poetry as his voice takes on some of the poems eg. 'They desire a better country'.
    • The PRB aimed to create a natural and symbolic view of the world around them

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