Tag Archive: Christina Rossetti

The Fallen Woman and the Virginal Angel: Challenging gender constraints in Goblin Market

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In consequence of the poem’s overwhelming sensual imagery combined with biblical allusions, Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, which describes the plight of sisters Laura and Lizzie after they are tempted by the fruit of… Continue reading

It’s Not You, It’s God: Christina Rossetti’s Relationship with Religion and Its Subsequent Role in her Poetry

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I. INTRODUCTION Setting: 20th century Mont-Blanc retreat. Four reincarnated Romantic and Victorian poets are climbing the summit of the mountain, talking amongst themselves. Elizabeth Barrett (Not-Yet) Browning: So, like, this guy keeps sending… Continue reading

Tag Yourself Meme: Victorian and Romantic Writer Edition

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Explanation: this meme was inspired by this one from tumblr, but I’m of the humble opinion that this one is far superior because it has more authors, more time periods, and has female… Continue reading

The Loss of The Savior in Images – The Goblin Market

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Playboy’s 1973 illustrations of The Goblin Market leaves little imagination room as to what is going on in Christina Rossetti’s poem. The poem is very complex in the ideas it presents. Rossetti’s work… Continue reading

SENSUALITY IN “GOBLIN MARKET” CHALLENGES VICTORIAN IDEALS

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While read as a children’s story throughout the nineteenth century, it seems impossible to read Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” and not stop and ask yourself what is actually happening between sisters, Laura and… Continue reading

Frozen Meets Goblin Market

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Disney’s Frozen took audiences by storm when it hit theaters in 2013. With a quirky snowman, charming love interests, majestic powers, and singing trolls, Disney defied all odds and ventured away from the… Continue reading

Underlying Themes of Christianity in “Goblin Market”

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Beneath the rich language and suggestive imagery in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” exists a strong parallel to Christianity; more specifically─ the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Though the… Continue reading

Christina Rossetti: Lizzie becomes Laura

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            Often, it is said, “life imitates art.” In many ways, some by design and others mere happenstance, the reverse applies to the life of Christina Rossetti and her… Continue reading

The Sacrificial Love of Women

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            Christina Rossetti’s poem, Goblin Market, has been viewed as a children’s poem or an erotic adult fantasy, with the poem’s audience often determined less by Rossetti’s words and more by the illustrations… Continue reading

Christina Rossetti’s Outlook on Prostitution and Redemption in the Victorian Era

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Prostitution is typically not the first thought that arises when one thinks of Victorian England. It is indeed a period marked by substantial innovations including transportation, industrialism, and literature. Nevertheless, this era was… Continue reading

Christina Rossetti and the Church Penitentiary Movement

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Following the extreme rise in prostitution during the Victorian period many rehabilitation groups appeared to provide a safe place for “fallen women.” These organizations relied on the voluntary assistance of English citizens to… Continue reading

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