Christina Rossetti: A Woman of Duality

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There is much to be admired of women poets of the Victorian era. A time, in which, female poets and male poets were viewed separately. Standing out amongst the female poets and playing a lead role in a revolutionary movement was Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti’s rich childhood, personal and familial strives, and the Pre-Raphaelite movement aided her to use her poems as a tool of personal expression of the inner turmoil of religious and family obligations and a personal longing in her soul. Christina Rossetti’s childhood was abundant with rich influences. She grew up surrounded by the finest minds of her time (Holmes 2-3). As a child Rossetti grew up in London, England. Her father, Gabriele Rossetti, was a liberal reformer, poet, and professor at King’s College in London. Her mother was an educated woman but of less fame. Rossetti was the youngest of four siblings, all of which achieved some fame. Especially, her older brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti to whom she is constantly compared and contrasted with. Furthermore, Rossetti and her family spent holidays at her Grandfather Polidori’s home, Holmer Green, in Buckinghamshire (Touché 2). This was a green, fantasy, and happy place for the children. Holmer Green was a place for the children where their imagination could run free and boast few limitations. They were free to roam, run, play, and explore as much as they pleased. The scenery and imagery from this rich paradise found its way into Christina Rossetti’s poems like “Goblin Market”. However, “Victorian children were taught rules for their behavior. Most of the time children were expected to be obedient to what they were told without the slightest criticism (Touché 2)”. The Victorian Era was a time of little self exp... ... middle of paper ... .... Print. Holmes, John R. “Christina Rossetti.” Magill’s Survey Of world Literature, Revised Edition (2009): 1-5. Literary Reference Center. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. Landow, George P. “Pre-Raphaelites: An Introduction.” Editorial. The Victorian Web. N.p.,7 June 2007. Web. 29 Jan. 2012. Marocchino, Kathryn Dorothy. “Goblin Market.” Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 27 Jan. 2012. Wiseman, Sharon. “Christina Rossetti and her Contemporaries: Women and Discourse.” Editorial. The Victorian Web. N.p., 11 Apr. 2007. Web. 29 Jan. 2012. Touché, Julia. “The Memory of Her Own Childhood.” Editorial. The Victorian Web. N.p., 15 Mar. 2007. Web. 29 Jan. 2012.

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