Selected Poems


This new selection of Rossetti's poems brings together works by one of the most significant nineteenth-century English poets. It includes an illuminating introduction, a chronology of Rossetti's life and works, and explanatory notes.

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This new selection of Rossetti's poems brings together works by one of the most significant nineteenth-century English poets. It includes an illuminating introduction, a chronology of Rossetti's life and works, and explanatory notes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sisson is the quintessential English litterateur: career civil servant, poet with over 20 collections published since 1959, essayist, editor, novelist, critic and translator (Latin and other languages). The first poems here date from WW II; the last, a sequence, was written in 1995 when Sisson was 81. Throughout, his concerns are similiar: identity; mind and body; age; culture; landscape. His judgments of himself, and of humanity generally, are often harsh. "I have no person fit for resurrection," he says in an early poem; in one of the latest he writes, "So fumbling bodies try to make/ Friendship and love as best they can:/ None ever was without mistake/ and lies by woman and by man." Sisson is consistently plain, if not always clear; in these poems, he is rarely adventurous in meter or language. Individual poems"On My 51st Birthday" and "The Mappemonde"are outstanding, but the collection overall has a one-note tone and seems somewhat dated and weighty. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424690
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 802,370
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was one of the most important of English woman poets, who was the sister of the painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and a member of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement. 'A Birthday,' 'When I Am Dead,' and 'Up-Hill' are probably Rossetti's best-known single works.

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Table of Contents

On Albina 3

Forget Me Not 3

Charade 3

Hope in Grief 4

On the Death of a Cat 5

Sappho 6

Heart's Chill Between 6

Death's Chill Between 8

Lines / given with a Penwiper 9

A Pause of Thought 10

Song ['She sat and sang always'] 10

Song ['When I am dead, my dearest'] 11

Some ladies dress in muslin full and white 12

On Keats 12

Song ['Oh roses for the flush of youth'] 13

Have you forgotten? 13

Sweet Death 14

An End 14

Dream-Land 15

Remember 16

Three Nuns 17

Portraits 24

'Consider the Lilies of the Field' ['Flowers preach to us if we will hear'] 24

The P.R.B. 25

The Bourne 26

The World 26

From the Antique 27

Three Stages 27

Echo 30

My Dream 31

May 33

Shut Out 33

Amen 34

The Hour and the Ghost 35

The Lowest Room 37

A Triad 47

Love from the North 48

In an Artist's Studio 49

A Better Resurrection 49

'Whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive' 50

'The heart knoweth its own bitterness' ['When all the over-work of life'] 51

A Birthday 52

An Apple-Gathering 53

Winter: My Secret 54

Maude Clare 55

At Home 57

Up-Hill 58

The Convent Threshold 59

'What good shall my life do me?' ['Have dead men long to wait?'] 63

Winter Rain 64

L.E.L. 65

Goblin Market 67

'No, Thank You, John' 83

'Out of the Deep' 84

The Queen of Hearts 85

Consider 86

The Lowest Place 87

Beauty is Vain 87

What Would I Give? 88

Who Shall Deliver Me? 88

Twice 89

Jessie Cameron 91

The Prince's Progress 94

Memory 112

Amor Mundi 114

'The Iniquity of the Fathers Upon the Children' 115

A Daughter of Eve 131

A Smile and a Sigh 131

Autumn Violets 132

'They Desire a Better Country' 132

A Christmas Carol134

Love me, - I love you 135

A city plum is not a plum 135

A baby's cradle with no baby in it 135

Hope is like a harebell trembling from its birth 136

A linnet in a gilded cage 136

If all were rain and never sun 136

If I were a Queen 136

What are heavy? sea-sand and sorrow 137

Brown and furry 137

A toadstool comes up in a night 137

If a pig wore a wig 137

How many seconds in a minute? 138

What is pink? a rose is pink 138

A pin has a head, but has no hair 139

When fishes set umbrellas up 139

The peacock has a score of eyes 139

The wind has such a rainy sound 140

Who has seen the wind? 140

When a mounting skylark sings 140

An emerald is as green as grass 141

What does the bee do? 141

I caught a little ladybird 141

Baby lies so fast asleep 142

Confluents 142

'Yet a little while' 143

Manna Innominata 143

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome 152

The Key-Note 152

He and She 153

De Profundis 153

'Hollow-Sounding and Mysterious' 154

At Last 155

Mariana 155

Passing and Glassing 156

The Thread of Life 157

Touching 'Never' 158

An Old-World Thicket 159

Later Life: A Double Sonnet of Sonnets 165

'Judge nothing before the time' 177

Joy is but sorrow 178

'Redeeming the Time' 178

'Doeth well ... doeth better' 178

A Castle-Builder's World 179

Piteous my rhyme is 179

If love is not worth loving, then life is not worth living 180

Roses on a brier 180

'Called to be Saints' 181

Of each sad word which is more sorrowful 181

Our heaven must be within ourselves 183

'A Helpmeet for Him' 183

O ye who love today 183

Lord, I am feeble and of mean account 183

What is the beginning? Love. What the course? Love still 183

As froth on the face of the deep 184

Patience must dwell with Love, for Love and Sorrow 184

Hope is the counterpoise of fear 184

'Subject to like Passions as we are' 185

Experience bows a sweet contented face 185

'Charity never Faileth' 186

Safe where I cannot lie yet 186

How great is little man! 186

'The Greatest of these is Charity' 187

'O Lucifer, Son of the Morning!' 188

Time seems not short 188

'Judge not according to the appearance' 189

St Peter 189

'Sit down in the lowest room' 190

'Consider the Lilies of the Field' ['Solomon most glorious in array'] 190

Our Mothers, lovely women pitiful 190

Babylon the Great 191

'Do this, and he doeth it' 191

'Standing afar off for the fear of her torment' 192

Vigil of St Bartholomew 192

'Who hath despised the day of small things?' 193

Tune me, O Lord, into one harmony 193

Notes 195

Index of Titles 253

Index of First Lines 258

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