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Christina Rossetti

What is the theme of the poem "When I am dead, my dearest"?

In the simplest possible terms, the theme of Christina Rossetti's poem, "When I am dead, my dearest," is death. The speaker is in a melancholy mood, contemplating the prospect of dying. She asks...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021 11:50 am UTC

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What is the tone, theme and what are four literary devices in the poem "What is Pink?"

In Christina Rossetti's poem "What is Pink?," the tone is that of a cheerful expository poem. The speaker shares beautiful examples which are based on the interpretation of colors. While the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2013 2:41 am UTC

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Define the theme of "In An Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti.  

In "In the Artist's Studio's" the theme is the objectification and distortion of women under the male gaze. This is sonnet, a poetic form from its beginnings given to projecting male fantasies and...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2020 11:47 am UTC

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Critical appreciation of Christina G. Rossetti's poem "Uphill" Significance of the traveller, the respondent and the...

First, it's important to know that Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a devout Anglo-Catholic and her life was completely centered on religion. Her religion was so important to her, in fact, that...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 10:37 pm UTC

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What characterizes Christina Rossetti's writing style? 

Christina Rosetti was a writer and poet who lived during the Victorian era in England. She was a romantic poet, writing poetry that was influenced by the romantic era stylistic elements. Rossetti...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 7:02 am UTC

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What is a critical appreciation of the poem "The Queen of Hearts" by Christina Rossetti?

The poem explores, without self-pity, what it is like to be the loser at the game of love. Throughout the poem, the speaker uses the metaphor of the card game to describe her luck at love. She uses...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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How does "In An Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti convey the message of inequality between men and women in...

Rosetti's poem conveys not merely the unequal treatment of men and women, but how men actively objectify and dehumanize women. Under the yoke of the "male gaze" (the ogling and scrutiny of women by...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017 1:01 am UTC

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List three symbols from the poem "In An Artist's Studio" and describe the significance of the symbolism to the theme.

The famous poem "In the Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti highlights the tendency of male artists to objectify their models. It is worth noting that Rossetti herself sometimes modeled for...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 2:14 am UTC

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Please explain the figure of speech in the poem "Uphill" by Christina Rossetti.

Rossetti is comparing the journey through life to death and to the existence after death as an uphill journey. She starts by asking if the trip goes uphill "all the way" and is assured that it...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2012 1:29 am UTC

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What kind of tone is used in "In an Artist's Studio" by Christina Rosseti?

Tone is how the author feels about her subject, and I would describe Rosetti's tone here as critical, even judgmental. She harshly describes male artists who also seem incapable of portraying a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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In the poem, An Apple-Gathering, by Christina Rossetti, why does the narrator initially wear pink apple blossoms in...

Apple blossoms would be the precursor to the actual apples that could be harvested later on. The speaker cannot harvest her apples like the other women mentioned in the poem, because she plucked...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2018 11:59 am UTC

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Analyze the poem "Birthday" by Christina Rossetti. 

“Birthday” by Christina Rossetti portrays a beautiful love affair. The speaker can hardly contain her joy. The point of view is first person with the speaker sharing her feelings about her love and...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2013 5:29 pm UTC

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   What are the themes, tone, and literary/poetic devices in "A Birthday", a poem by Christina Rossetti?  

At a cursory reading, "A Birthday", by Christina Rossetti seems to be nothing more than the poet exultantly rejoicing over the return of her beloved. Yet many of the images employed, the balance of...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 3:53 am UTC

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What are the two prettiest things in the poem "The Rainbow"?

"The Rainbow," by Christina Rossetti, is a short poem about the beauty of the sky and connection to the heavens through a beautiful rainbow. The speaker says the two prettiest things are clouds and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 8:36 pm UTC

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What are the main themes in "No Thank You, John"?

The hapless lover John just won't take no for an answer. He appears singularly obsessed with cultivating a relationship with the speaker and simply will not be deterred. But the object of his...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 9:07 am UTC

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  Please analyze Christina Rosetti's poem "Song"

Hi Christina, Remember, you need to do the "analysis." To analyze means to "break into parts and show how the parts relate to the whole. " A poem can be broken into parts also. For example, you...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

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In the poem "From the Antique" by Christina Rossetti, what are some of the main themes relating to the concept of...

The poem clearly comments that women have a "doubly blank" life because of their "lot," that is, their role in life. Rossetti plays on the "doubly" concept by using the literary device of...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 4:58 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title of the poem "Uphill" by Christina Georgina Rossetti?

In the poem 'Uphill' by Christina Rosetti, the poem's title aligns well with other language in the poem that alludes to the theme of 'work.' Everyone knows what it is like to try to progress up a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 11:39 pm UTC

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What are the figures of speech in Christina Rossetti's "After Death"?

This poem is written from the perspective of a speaker who is, as the title implies, dead but still observing the world around "the bed on which [she] lay." There are several figures of speech of...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 7:10 pm UTC

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What is the power of the poet in "In an Artist's Studio" by Christina Rossetti?

That's an interesting question! The more obvious question to ask is, "What is the power of the artist in that poem?" In that case, the answer would be that the artist has the power to immortalize...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 11:04 pm UTC

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What is the main idea behind the poem "When I Am Dead, My Dearest" by Christina Rossetti?

The main idea behind the poem is that one should calmly accept the inevitable death that awaits us all. To that end, the speaker urges her beloved not to grieve over her death in the conventional...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 7:33 am UTC

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What are the themes of Christina Rossetti's "A Birthday" besides those below? -Getting introduced to her religion...

There seem to be few other possible themes for this poem apart from the ones identified in this poem. The way that the poem is entitled "A Birthday" with the indefinite article rather than "My...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 11:12 am UTC

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Christina Rossetti's vision of death and afterlife as expressed in her poem "Uphill".Please answer by using excerpts...

In the poem "Uphill" by Christina Rosetti, the poet's vision of death seems to be well expressed by her representation of dying as being a road that will "wind uphill all the way." This last...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 3:03 am UTC

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A birthday - Imagery Comment on the poet's use of imagery in her poem "A Birthday".

The main image in the poem is the comparison between the speaker's heart and various positive things. For example, in line one the speaker's heart is "a singing bird" and in line 2 it is "an apple...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2012 2:27 am UTC

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How does Woolf's comment on Rossetti's relation to beauty apply to 'An Apple Gathering'? Woolf: "No sooner have you...

Rossetti's 'An Apple Gathering' seems to be about a young woman who has given her love too soon and imprudently. Her lack of apples compared to others seems to symbolise that her rash action of...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2013 6:45 pm UTC

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What is conveyed about the position of women in Victorian society through "Goblin Market?"

Like many of her contemporaries, Rossetti's writing reflects her isolation from a typical social lifestyle, her introspection as a result of that isolation, and her desire to be taken seriously...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 9:54 am UTC

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What is "The First Spring Day" by Christina Rossetti about? Specifically, what is the theme? Any other info would be...

On the surface, this poem is about springtime. Rossetti discusses how different elements in nature possibly anticipate and get excited for the spring to come. She wonders if "the sap is stirring"...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2009 9:10 am UTC

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In "In An Artist's Studio," what kind of relationship does the man have with the woman he is painting in Christina...

It is clear that this poem presents us with the relationship between an artist and his muse. Note how, in a variety of guises, the artist presents the same "one face" over and over and over,...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2011 2:26 am UTC

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How is the theme of redemption and corruption presented in Christina Rossetti's "The World"?

The world Rossetti writes about is to be understood in a Biblical context: it is what obscures the real heavenly truth, what makes one stray from redemption. Yet, especially in the Romantic...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 12:17 am UTC

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How would you compare the tragic implications of "Rooms" by Charlotte Mew and "Monna Innominata [I dream of you, to...

Both "Rooms" by Charlotte Mew and "Monna Innominata" by Christina Rossetti focus on ideas of separation and death. Both poets write about feeling divided from another person. For example, Rossetti...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 2:29 am UTC

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Can you please break down the poem "A Better Resurrection" by Christina Rossetti for me? I have the first stanza...

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...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2011 10:03 am UTC

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How does Christina Rossetti explore the idea of sacrifice in her poetry?

Some scholars have argued that the character of Lizzie in "Goblin Market" is a kind of Christ-like figure. Just as Christ saved humankind from its sins, so Lizzie saves her sister Laura from the...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 12:03 pm UTC

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How is the idea of sacrifice explored in "Soeur Louise De La Misericorde"?

The Duchesse de la Valliere has led, by most women's standards of the time, a pretty charmed life. A wealthy, beautiful aristocrat, a leading figure at the French court, not to mention one of Louis...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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In Rossetti's "Song," how does mourning over death increase misery?

In "Song," Rossetti believes death to be a liberating experience. Mourning over it is not necessary because it would increase misery. As the poem's speaker, Rossetti is quite open that when she...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 4:03 am UTC

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Analyze Christina Rossetti's poetry.

Analyzing the poetry of Christina Rossetti is not a simple, quick task. There's a lot to touch on. However, I can give you some key themes and issues. You can then develop them into a more full and...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2020 3:46 pm UTC

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Summarize Christina Rossetti's poem "The First Spring Day." What does the last line compare the speaker to?

Christina Rossetti's poem, "The First Spring Day," is comprised of three six-line stanzas rhymed AABBCC. It is narrated in the first person, although no details concerning the narrator are...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2015 2:45 am UTC

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Why doesn't Christina Rosetti's work as a whole "resist classification of women" in Pre-Raphaelite art, according to...

The two quotations provided about Christina Rossetti’s work regarding women in Pre-Raphaelite art seem to contradict each other. The initial question posed suggests that, according to the texts you...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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How are the endings effective in: Cousin Kate, The Goblin Market, Jessie Cameron and Maude Claire?

Since enotes allows students to ask only one question at a time, I will address the first poem on your list, "Cousin Kate." "Cousin Kate" is the story of a poor young woman who is seduced by a...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 12:35 am UTC

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Which of Christina Rossetti's poems best represents the idea of a struggle?

Of all her poems, Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" arguably best represents the idea of struggle. In what is generally regarded as a Christian allegory, Lizzie must undergo a Christ-like...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020 11:33 am UTC

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How is unconventional behavior explored in Christina Rossetti's poetry? 

We notice that there's unconventional behavior in the poems of Christina Rossetti. Of course, we should remember that what's considered "unconventional" changes with the times. What deviated from...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020 3:01 pm UTC

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How does Christina Rossetti make the beginning of the poem "Cousin Kate" exciting?

Since enotes allows students to ask only one question at a time, I will address the first of your poems, "Cousin Kate." I am not sure if I would consider the beginning of Christina Rosetti's...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 12:21 am UTC

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How is the idea of sacrifice explored in "Good Friday"?

In "Good Friday," Christina Rossetti addresses the idea of sacrifice in a number of angles, so let's try and discuss some of the most interesting ones. The poem starts with the speaking standing...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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