Can you please break down the poem "A Better Resurrection" by Christina Rossetti for me?I have the first stanza figured out. I am not sure what the second and third stanza is trying to say. The...

Can you please break down the poem "A Better Resurrection" by Christina Rossetti for me?

I have the first stanza figured out. I am not sure what the second and third stanza is trying to say. The first stanza is talking about how much she's been hurt, in her past, and that she doesn't have hope or fear of anything anymore. Please help. Thanks.

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In the poem "A Better Resurrection, the speaker is empty and his life is void of feelings. There is nothing but loneliness in the speaker's life.

The speaker's heart is so numb until he has no "hopes or fears." This is a dreadful state in which to be. There is nothing but nothingness.

The speaker cannot see the hills. This could refer to the scripture which mentions looking to the hills from which come my help (Psalm 121). But the speaker in this poem cannot see the hills. He has nothing for which to look forward.

He mentions his life is compared to a falling leaf. That would mean death. He mentions that his life is void and frozen. This is utter hopelessness and brokenness.

But the speaker has hope in that the fire of Jesus will remold his life. Again, there is a scripture that states that we shall burn in the fire and come forth as pure gold (Zechariah 13:9). This is what the speaker is counting on in the following stanza:

My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perished thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.

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