Compare and contrast how Rossetti presents loss and suffering as part of the human experience in "Remember" and "Goblin Market."

Rossetti presents loss and suffering as part of the human experience in “Remember” as something that must be endured with fortitude through acts of remembrance. In “Goblin Market,” Rossetti shows that these aspects of human life can at least be postponed, if not entirely avoided.

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Suffering and loss constitute a regrettable, though necessary, part of the human condition. It is a rare and privileged individual indeed who has not experienced these twin terrors at some point in their lives. To such fortunate souls, Rossetti can say nothing, Her ruminations on loss and suffering in “Remember” are addressed to those, like the speaker’s beloved, who are dealing with sorrow.

In the course of the poem, the speaker suggests two possible strategies for the addressee to use in coping with the death of his beloved. First of all, he can remember her, thus keeping her memory alive even though she herself has...

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