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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by Christina Rossetti, C.H. Sisson (Editor)

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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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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Taylor & Francis
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Fyfield Books Series
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Christina Rossetti (1830—1894) was an English poet whose work is imbued with religious themes and an undercurrent of eroticism and feminist idealism. At the height of her popularity in the late nineteenth century, she was considered on par with fellow Victorian poetess Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Dinah Roe is an independent scholar whose interests include the nineteenth-century novel, Victorian poetry, and women's writing.

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