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Compare and contrast "The Blessed Damozel" poem and painting.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti was both a talented poet and a leading Pre-Raphaelite painter. He first wrote the poem "The Blessed Damozel" in 1847, although it went through several revisions. In 1871 he was commissioned to do the painting, and by 1879 he had added the predella, the piece along the bottom showing the Damozel's earthly lover. The poem and painting share many details, but there are a few differences, as well. 

The poem refers to the Damozel leaning on the bar of heaven, and in the painting we can see she is leaning forward against a golden wall with her arms draping over the top. The poem refers to three lilies she...

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