The poem “Uphill” (sometimes titled “Up-Hill”), by the English poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), might be called an allegorical dialogue about life, death, and heaven. The poem, which is Christian in emphasis, is consoling and encouraging, suggesting that although life may be a long, hard, sometimes dark and difficult journey, peaceful rest in heaven lies at its end.
Appropriately enough, the phrasing of the poem is extremely simple and clear. Rossetti is not interested in creating the kind of stylistic fireworks one might find, for instance, in one of the “Holy...
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