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Goblin Market ­ Christina Rossetti (Analysis)

Symbolism, Imagery & Wordplay

Fruit

This is an obvious one image for "Goblin Market." After all, the poem is about eating fruit and then
wanting for more. The poem opens with a list of 29 different kinds of fruit (yes, we counted). What are…

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Line 120: Laura connects the golden flowers on the "furze" with golden coins, or money,
through metaphor.
Lines 150-151: Poor, misguided Jeanie ­ she ate the goblin fruit and even wore the "flowers"
they'd picked for her. There's a possible pun on the word "bower" here: a "bower" is a…

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Water

A lot of the action of "Goblin Market" takes place down by the stream where Laura and Lizzie gather
water. Most of the detail in "Goblin Market" means something. What about the water and all the images
associated with water? Give us your ideas!

Lines 85-86: In this simile,…

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The narrator calls Laura a "fool" for "choos[ing]" to eat the goblin fruit, even though it meant giving in to
"soul-consuming care." The narrator's objectivity seems to go out the window in these lines, which mark
the climax of the poem. It's as though the narrator just couldn't keep her…

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Title

The title of our poem is self-explanatory: "Goblin Market." It's about the fruit market run by goblins. It
doesn't seem too tricky ... or is it? Like the poem itself, the title "Goblin Market" is deceptively simple: it
seems straightforward, but there's a lot more going on under the…

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(1712-14) in which a guy snips a lock of hair from the head of his would-be girlfriend without her
permission.

Facts about the Poet

Christina Rossetti often served as a model for her brother, Dante Gabriel's paintings and
sketches.
Christina Rossetti was deeply religious, and broke off at least two…

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