Died: 29 December 1894, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK
Both Christina Rossetti’s father (Gabriele) and her brother (Dante) were poets. She was a fragile person subject to unknown illnesses eventually succumbing to cancer. Among her friends were Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Whistler the artist and the poet Swinburne.
“My heart is like a singing bird.”
“Better by far you should forget and smile that you should remember and be sad.”
“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”Selected Bibliography (*Best known)
Christina Rossetti produced over 300 poems
*Who Has Seen The Wind?: Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.
*Goblin’s Market: Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry:”Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy:
*Remember: Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land
*Promises Like Pie-Crust: Promise me no promises, So will I not promise you: Keep we both our liberties, never false and never true.
*Mirage: The hope I dreamed of was a dream, was but a dream; and now I wake
Charlotte’s Jane Eyre was published under a pseudonym – Bell, as were her younger sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Ann’s Agnes Grey. Her miserable boarding school experience gave her the basis for later characters in Jane Eyre. Charlotte favoured long narrative poems.
”Look twice before you leap.”
”If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.”
Charlotte wrote 19 poems (*Better known)
*Retrospection: We wove a web in childhood A web of sunny air
Parting: There’s no use in weeping, though we are condemned to part: There’s such a thing as keeping A remembrance in one’s heart
Life: Life, believe, is not a dream so dark as sages say
Regret: Long ago I wished to leave “The house where I was born”
Passion: Some have won a wild delight, by daring wilder sorrow; could I gain thy love tonight
Pleasure: True pleasure breathes no city air
William and his siblings were orphaned at a young age. His experiences in the French Revolution ignited his interest in the plight of the ‘common’ people. His work The Prelude is a autobiographical exploration of his personal spiritual journey and is considered to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. Sadly this was never acknowledged during his lifetime as it was published posthumously.
”The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.” WW
Wordsworth wrote nearly 400 poems
POETRY (* Famous poems)
* An Evening Walk: The young lady to whom this was addressed was my sister
* Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey: Five years have passed, five summers
* Upon Westminster Bridge: Earth has not anything to show more fair
* Daffodils: (I wandered lonely as a cloud)
* London 1892: Milton! Thou should’st be living at this hour:
Letters of Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Letters of the Wordsworth Family
The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth