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by Christina Rossetti

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In "Remember," the speaker asks the addressee to remember "me when I am gone away." Based on the evidence in these lines, when will the speaker be gone?

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The assumption that drives much of the analysis of Christina Rossetti's "Remember" is that she is giving instructions to a lover in the case of her death. This is evidenced strongly by several lines in the poem. She says that she is going into the "silent land," which is no doubt the speculative realm of death from which her voice will not be able to reach her lover. In this land, her lover will no longer be able to hold her "by the hand."

In particular, the speaker references the future that her lover had planned and how it would bring sadness to think of these plans that can no longer be a reality. Based upon this, we can guess that the speaker's death will be untimely. Though we cannot guess at the exact time when she will go, we can assume that it will be soon, as her lover's plans will go unrealized.

The end of the poem, however, puts an interesting spin on the typical sentiment of a mourning poem. The speaker asserts, perhaps ironically, that the pain of remembering a lost loved one is worthless. She states that it would be far better to just forget about her and be happy than it would be to "remember and be sad." This is in response to the typical morning poems of the Victorian era, which often seemed to figuratively wallow in the idea of the eternal remembrance of the dead.

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