Dante Gabriel Rossetti Analysis

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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (roh-ZEHT-ee) published the prose sketch “Hand and Soul” in The Germ (1850). In 1863, he completed the biography of William Blake left unfinished at the death of Alexander Gilchrist. Four volumes of Rossetti’s letters, edited by J. R. Wahl and Oswald Doughty (1965-1967) have been published; his correspondence with Jane Morris was edited by John Bryson and Janet Camp Troxell and published in 1976.


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Significant both as a poet and as a painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti offers an opportunity to study the relationship between poetry and art. Among Victorian poets, Rossetti was excelled only by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Robert Browning, although, unlike other major poets of the period, he published relatively few poems. His work is chiefly concerned with the exploration of individual moments of experience. As a consequence, he worked best at the level of the short lyric or compressed narrative, in which his highly crafted style often achieves remarkable intensity.


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Ash, Russell. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1995. Reprint. London: Pavilion, 1997. A beautifully illustrated book that analyzes the life and career of Rossetti as poet and painter. Includes bibliographical references.

Faxon, Alicia Craig. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 1994. Reprint. New York: Abbeville Press, 2000. A biography of Rossetti that looks at his life as a poet and painter.

Helsinger, Elizabeth K. Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008. Examines Rossetti and Morris in regards to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.

Holmes, John. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief, and the Self. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2005. Holmes analyzes the sonnets of Rossetti, focusing on The House of Life.

Keane, Robert N. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Poet as Craftsman. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. Keane provides literary analysis of each of the major poetic works of Rossetti.

McGann, Jerome J. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game That Must Be Lost. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000. Reacting to sixty years of literary criticism that diminished and downplayed Rossetti’s work, McGann asserts the enormity of Rossetti’s accomplishment as a central artistic and intellectual figure of his generation.

Riede, David G., ed. Critical Essays on Dante Gabriel Rossetti. New York: G. K. Hall, 1992. Includes early responses and work done from the 1970’s to 1991. The early essays provide the traditional assessment of Rossetti’s work, and later essays indicate the directions that Rossetti criticism is likely to take in the coming years. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Waldman, Suzanne. The Demon and the Damozel: Dynamics of Desire in the Works of Christina Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2008. Analyzes the works of the Rossettis in regard to the theme of desire. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The House of Life is examined at length.