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).

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Christina Rossetti: Selected full-text books and articles

Christina Rossetti: The Poetry of Endurance By Dolores Rosenblum Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Christina Rossetti By Lona Mosk Packer University of California Press, 1963
Christina Rossetti By Dorothy Margaret Stuart MacMillan, 1930
Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World By Rhoda B. Nathan Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Christina Rossetti: A Reconsideration"
The Pre-Raphaelite Poets By 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 By Christina Rossetti Oxford University Press, 1913
FREE! A Pageant and Other Poems By Christina G. Rossetti Roberts Brothers, 1881
The Uncertainty of Goblin Market By Humphries, Simon Victorian Poetry, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 2007
The Forms of Discipline: Christina Rossetti's Religious Verse By Taft, Joshua Victorian Poetry, Vol. 51, No. 3, Fall 2013
In Defense of Verses: The Aesthetic and Reputation of Christina Rossetti's Late Poetry By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Choi, Sara Christianity and Literature, Vol. 53, No. 4, Summer 2004
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A Treasury of Great Poems: English and American By Louis Untermeyer Simon & Schuster, 1942
Librarian’s tip: Poems by Christina Rossetti begin on p. 939
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