Christina Rossetti Critical Interpretations

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Poetry Foundation
This genre - a narrative that combines fantasy with moral allegory - was an important one for Rossetti. Her interest in this topic reflects the Victorian concern about prostitution as a social evil.
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Anthony H. Harrison
Typical in her [ Christina Rossetti ] works is an emotional and psychological pattern that begins with optimistic expectations but modulates into melancholy pessimism.
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Arthur Symons
"Rossetti's genius is essentially sombre, or it writes itself on a dark background of gloom. The thought of death has a constant fascination for her."
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Abigail Newman
Christina Rossetti examines how gender and sexual interest influence the way people mourn; in particular, she considers the value of mourning in relationships in which the fleeting nature of love is acknowledged.
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Abigail Newman
Rossetti boldly states what many people dare not admit: that the person who has died will not benefit from the mourning practices of those who survive him and hence, such customs only serve those who live.
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Littell's Living Age ( essay date 1866)
We can perceive that her [ Christina Rossetti ] whole being mourns, but we can perceive, too very plainly the presence of a self-disciplined hear.
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Typical in her [ Christina Rossetti ] works is an emotional and psychological pattern that begins with optimistic expectations but modulates into melancholy pessimism.

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Anthony H. Harrison

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"Rossetti's genius is essentially sombre, or it writes itself on a dark background of gloom. The thought of death has a constant fascination for her."

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Christina Rossetti examines how gender and sexual interest influence the way people mourn; in particular, she considers the value of mourning in relationships in which the fleeting nature of love is acknowledged.

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Rossetti boldly states what many people dare not admit: that the person who has died will not benefit from the mourning practices of those who survive him and hence, such customs only serve those who live.

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great, but these quotations are very long and not very easy to remember- let alone under exam conditions! Try picking out key phrases which are quick to remember :-)

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