Christina Rossetti

Rossetti, Christina Georgina

Christina Georgina Rossetti (rōsĕt´ē), 1830–94, English poet; sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Publication of some of her poems in her brother William's magazine the Germ was her only contribution to Pre-Raphaelite activities. She was a devout Anglican and lived the last 15 years of her life as a recluse in her home. Many of her poems are religious, some melancholy and death-obsessed, e.g., "Uphill" and "When I Am Dead, My Dearest." Possessing a spontaneous lyrical gift, she had a firm command of traditional poetic forms. Much of her work shows a marked moral intelligence and independence of spirit, and she is recognized as an important Victorian-era poet. Her simple songs, especially in Sing-Song (1872), were favorites with children. Her volumes of poetry include Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862), probably her best work; The Prince's Progress (1866); and A Pageant and Other Poems (1881).

See Christina Rossetti: A Writer's Life (1995); studies by E. K. Charles (1985), D. Rosenblum (1986), A. H. Harrison (1988), and D. A. Kent, ed. (1988).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Christina Rossetti: Selected full-text books and articles

Christina Rossetti: The Poetry of Endurance
Dolores Rosenblum.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Christina Rossetti
Lona Mosk Packer.
University of California Press, 1963
Christina Rossetti: A Portrait with Background
Marya Zaturenska.
Macmillan, 1949
Christina Rossetti
Dorothy Margaret Stuart.
MacMillan, 1930
The Language of Exclusion: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti
Sharon Leder; Andrea Abbott.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World
Rhoda B. Nathan.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Christina Rossetti: A Reconsideration"
The Pre-Raphaelite Poets
Lionel Stevenson.
University of North Carolina Press, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Christina Rossetti"
FREE! Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems
Christina Rossetti.
Oxford University Press, 1913
FREE! A Pageant and Other Poems
Christina G. Rossetti.
Roberts Brothers, 1881
The Uncertainty of Goblin Market
Humphries, Simon.
Victorian Poetry, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 2007
The Forms of Discipline: Christina Rossetti's Religious Verse
Taft, Joshua.
Victorian Poetry, Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall 2013
In Defense of Verses: The Aesthetic and Reputation of Christina Rossetti's Late Poetry
Westerholm, Joel.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 51, No. 3, Spring 1999
"And Never Know the Joy": Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry
C. C. Barfoot.
Rodopi, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market': The Eroticism of Female Mystics" begins on p. 247; "'To Take Were to Purloin': Sexuality in the Narrative of Christina Rossetti" begins on p. 259
Victorian Literature and the Anorexic Body
Anna Krugovoy Silver.
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Christina Rossetti's Sacred Hunger"
Women's Poetry and Religion in Victorian England: Jewish Identity and Christian Culture
Cynthia Scheinberg.
Cambridge University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Christina Rossetti and the Hebraic Goblins of the Jewish Scriptures"
Christina Rossetti's Dialogical Devotion
Choi, Sara.
Christianity and Literature, Vol. 53, No. 4, Summer 2004
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A Treasury of Great Poems: English and American
Louis Untermeyer.
Simon & Schuster, 1942
Librarian’s tip: Poems by Christina Rossetti begin on p. 939
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