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Christina Rossetti

(1830—1894) poet


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(1830–94),

sister of D. G. and W. M. Rossetti. She was a devout High Anglican, much influenced by the Tractarians (see Oxford Movement). She contributed to the Germ (1850), where five of her poems appeared under the pseudonym ‘Ellen Alleyn’. In 1861 Macmillan's Magazine published ‘Up‐hill’ and ‘A Birthday’, two of her best‐known poems. Goblin Market and Other Poems appeared in 1862, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems in 1866, Sing‐Song, a Nursery Rhyme Book (with illustrations by Arthur Hughes) in 1872, and A Pageant and Other Poems in 1881. Time Flies: A Reading Diary (1885) consists of short passages and prose, one for each day of the year. Her Poetical Works, ed. W. M. Rossetti, with a memoir, was published in 1904. Her work ranges from poems of fantasy and verses for the young to ballads, love lyrics, sonnets, and religious poetry. Much of it is pervaded by a sense of melancholy, verging at times on the morbid. Her technical virtuosity was considerable, and her use of short irregularly rhymed lines is distinctive.

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