Romanticism In Christina Rossetti's Echo, By Christina Rossetti

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Christina Rossetti was a pivotal key in the foundations of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, which can be seen, throughout her poetry. Rossetti, as a follower of the Pre-Raphaelite’s, endorsed ideas of unrequited love, acceptance of human mortality and redemption. These ideals both endorsed and challenged the Victorian morals of her era as Victorian morality was focused on repression, class structures, and religion often conflicting with the sexual desire and questioning nature of Rossetti’s poems. The poem Echo is a reflection of Rossetti’s view on the romance and grief in her life through her unwavering faith in religion that will reunite her with her love. Through her desire of a recreation of love in the poem, it is both accepted and challenged through her religious beliefs as the purity of distance in…show more content…
This follows Rossetti’s value of acceptance of human mortality, as she understands “how long ago” their “love” was in the past but still desires them in her “dreams”. The use of personal language such as “my love” and imagery of “Speak low, lean low” give a feeling of intimacy that is missed by the narrator that endorsed Rossetti’s desire of a psychological need for love but also that the emotional nature of the poem is influenced by romanticism. The rhythmic imagery of the wording “pulse for pulse, breath for breath” is symbolic of a heartbeat showing the focus on the living memories rather than the bodily “death” of her lover. Rossetti uses the ideal of reliving her memories through her “dreams” as a Band-Aid approach as she has come to terms with the physical death of her lover but not the “death” of her “dream”. Christina portrays this attitude, as this could be seen as her coping mechanism for the deaths that occur in her life such as her father 's death which occurred the year she wrote the poem or could be seen symbolically as the death of her past
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