Rossetti poetry annotated except convent threshold and a royal princess

Rossetti poetry - expect convent threhold and a royal princess , i did not do convent threhold and a royal princess  because my teacher did not bother teaching us these. 

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Christina Rossetti ­
Goblin Market ­ Pages 2-3
Cousin Kate ­ Pages 4-5
Jessie Cameron ­ Pages 6-7
Maude Clare ­ Pages 8-9
Winter: My Secret ­ Pages 10-11

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Goblin Market
Two sisters: Laura + Lizzie- seduced by goblins ­ mainly Laura
Form + Structure:
Christian allegory of temptation, fall, and Redemption. Rossetti does this to challenge the decidedly
patriarchal perception of norms within Victorian culture in terms of sexuality to reconstruct the Christian
idea of redemption.
Written in loose iambic pentameters, the rising metre often speeds up the pace of the poem.…read more

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It is a central theme within the narrative.
The sisters portrayal within the narrative stresses unity, which was not the case between fallen
women and women in society, instead of being united, the women were crushed by the brute
force of the patriarchal society.
The sisters are balanced in their looks, both are described in terms of whiteness and gold ­
"golden head by golden head".…read more

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Form + Structure:
The poem consists of a quatrain; however it has an ABCB rhyme scheme, stopping it from being a
traditional ballad.
Dramatic monologue and 1st person narrative ­ gives a biased view point, which creates sympathy for
the narrator.
Syntax of the first line allows the reader to focus solely on the narrator.
The use of rhetorical questions, expresses the narrators anger and confusion at the experience she has
had to endure.…read more

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The women within the narrative are confined by the labels given to them by society ("good and
pure" or "outcast")
The narrator would have been categorized by many in Victorian Britain as `fallen' and as an
outcast. Yet because of the sexual double standards that operated in the nineteenth century,
the lord of the manor would not have been outcast, despite fathering a son outside of
marriage.…read more

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Direct speech ­ 3rd person narrative, the reader watches the events of the narrative unfold, which allows the
reader to feel what the characters within the narrative feel.
The narrative is fast paced to mimic the desperation of the male and frustration of the female, which is reinforced
by the regular rhyme scheme.
The dialogue between Jessie Cameron and her lover is argumentative. Their conversation is portrayed like the
sea, with words being flung "to and fro".…read more

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She reminds him of her desire to be free and recommends that he fixes his attention on some other girl
The lover's language also challenges expectations of Victorian masculinity, which is often perceived as proud,
self-serving and lacking in emotion. Much to Jessie's distaste, he begs for "one kind word" from her (line
Contrasted to her plain speech, his is said to be loaded with the "guile" or deceitfulness that he inherited
from his grandmother (line 50).…read more

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Dialogue: - Happening in presence, which gives it a sense of immediacy. The audience is given an insight
into characters personalities- glimpse of their emotions, which builds a relationship with the characters.
Maude Clare differs from the convention in certain ways. For instance, the ABCB rhyme scheme
offers a variation on the traditional ballad in that, by not rhyming the final words of the first and third
lines of each verse, it avoids fitting smoothly into a predictable pattern.…read more

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Rossetti breaks down the female stereotype by making Maude her strongest and most prominent female
The marriage-bed: - By claiming that she wishes to "bless" their marriage-bed, Maude Clare inserts herself
between the intimacy that should exist between Thomas and Nell alone. Instead of them finding the bed a place of
rest, Maude's presence threatens to disturb their sleep, disrupt their love for one another and threaten the
well-being of any future children they may have.…read more

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The winter is associated with snow, which covers things up, perhaps a "Secret".
The word "Perhaps" acts as a narrative hook, the reader anticipates some sort of revelation,
yet this is just conveyed as the playfulness of the speaker.
The constant repetition of the word "my" shows that the speaker is adamant on retaining
what is hers.
The "spring" constitutes as a time of hope- Rossetti yet again entices the reader with the
possibility of the revelation of the speakers "secret".…read more



wow!!! this is amazing! I can structure my answers WAAAAY easily now! :D thax


Thank you so so much this is just beyond amazing! :D **


A very detailed and useful resource that looks in depth at a number of the poems in the collection; particularly helpful as it looks at the points in terms of the assessment objectives which ensures the exam criteria is being addressed in your revision.


OMG thank you soo much for this! maybe i'll be able to ace my exams now, thanks allot!

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