Overview

ABOUT ROSSETTI'S POETIC STYLE

Rossetti's poetry is marked by an extraordinary fastidiousness of expression and beauty of diction; the form and colour of his style are alike marvellous in clearness and ...
See more details below
THE HOUSE OF LIFE by DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$2.99
BN.com price

Overview

ABOUT ROSSETTI'S POETIC STYLE

Rossetti's poetry is marked by an extraordinary fastidiousness of expression and beauty of diction; the form and colour of his style are alike marvellous in clearness and loveliness of language. But the dominant characteristic, after all, is the underlying idea, the romantic motive. Rossetti's poetry is as full, as his pictures, of the true romantic feeling, the ever-present apprehension of the spiritual world and of that struggle of the soul with earthly conditions.


EXCERPTS

- LOVESIGHT

When do I see thee most, beloved one?
When in the light the spirits of mine eyes
Before thy face, their altar, solemnize
The worship of that Love through thee made known?
Or when in the dusk hours, (we two alone,)
Close-kissed and eloquent of still replies
Thy twilight-hidden glimmering visage lies,
And my soul only sees thy soul its own?
O love, my love! if I no more should see
Thyself, nor on the earth the shadow of thee,
Nor image of thine eyes in any spring,—
How then should sound upon Life's darkening slope
The ground-whirl of the perished leaves of Hope,
The wind of Death's imperishable wing?

- THE KISS

What smouldering senses in death's sick delay
Or seizure of malign vicissitude
Can rob this body of honour, or denude
This soul of wedding-raiment worn to-day?
For lo! even now my lady's lips did play
With these my lips such consonant interlude
As laurelled Orpheus longed for when he wooed
The half-drawn hungering face with that last lay.
I was a child beneath her touch,—a man
When breast to breast we clung, even I and she,—
A spirit when her spirit looked through me,—
A god when all our life-breath met to fan
Our life-blood, till love's emulous ardours ran,
Fire within fire, desire in deity.

- NUPTIAL SLEEP

At length their long kiss severed, with sweet smart:
And as the last slow sudden drops are shed
From sparkling eaves when all the storm has fled,
So singly flagged the pulses of each heart.
Their bosoms sundered, with the opening start
Of married flowers to either side outspread
From the knit stem; yet still their mouths, burnt red,
Fawned on each other where they lay apart.
Sleep sank them lower than the tide of dreams,
And their dreams watched them sink, and slid away.
Slowly their souls swam up again, through gleams
Of watered light and dull drowned waifs of day;
Till from some wonder of new woods and streams
He woke, and wondered more: for there she lay.


CONTENTS

PART I. YOUTH AND CHANGE

INTRODUCTORY SONNET
LOVE ENTHRONED
BRIDAL BIRTH
REDEMPTION
LOVESIGHT
HEART’S HOPE
THE KISS
NUPTIAL SLEEP
SUPREME SURRENDER
LOVE’S LOVERS
PASSION AND WORSHIP
THE PORTRAIT
THE LOVE-LETTER
THE LOVERS’ WALK
ANTIPHONY
YOUTH’S SPRING-TRIBUTE
THE BIRTH-BOND
A DAY OF LOVE
BEAUTY’S PAGEANT
GENIUS IN BEAUTY
SILENT NOON
GRACIOUS MOONLIGHT
LOVE-SWEETNESS
HEART’S HAVEN
LOVE’S BAUBLES
PRIDE OF YOUTH
WINGED HOURS
MID-RAPTURE
HEART’S COMPASS
SOUL-LIGHT
THE MOONSTAR
LAST FIRE
HER GIFTS
EQUAL TROTH
VENUS VICTRIX
THE DARK GLASS
THE LAMP’S SHRINE
LIFE-IN-LOVE
THE LOVE-MOON
THE MORROW’S MESSAGE
SLEEPLESS DREAMS
SEVERED SELVES
THROUGH DEATH TO LOVE
HOPE OVERTAKEN
LOVE AND HOPE
CLOUD AND WIND
SECRET PARTING
PARTED LOVE
BROKEN MUSIC
DEATH-IN-LOVE
WILLOWWOOD
WITHOUT HER
LOVE’S FATALITY
STILLBORN LOVE
TRUE WOMAN
LOVE’S LAST GIFT

PART II. CHANGE AND FATE

TRANSFIGURED LIFE
THE SONG-THROE
THE SOUL’S SPHERE
INCLUSIVENESS
ARDOUR AND MEMORY
KNOWN IN VAIN
HEART OF THE NIGHT
THE LANDMARK
A DARK DAY
AUTUMN IDLENESS
THE HILL SUMMIT
THE CHOICE
OLD AND NEW ART
SOUL’S BEAUTY
BODY’S BEAUTY
THE MONOCHORD
FROM DAWN TO NOON
MEMORIAL THRESHOLDS
HOARDED JOY
BARREN SPRING
FAREWELL TO THE GLEN
VAIN VIRTUES
LOST DAYS
DEATH’S SONGSTERS
HERO’S LAMP
THE TREES OF THE GARDEN
‘RETRO ME, SATHANA!’
LOST ON BOTH SIDES
THE SUN’S SHAME
MICHELANGELO’S KISS
THE VASE OF LIFE
LIFE THE BELOVED
A SUPERSCRIPTION
HE AND I
NEWBORN DEATH
THE ONE HOPE
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014712439
  • Publisher: Masterpieces of English Poetry
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Series: Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 152 KB

Meet the Author

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, and was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement.

Rossetti's art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism. His early poetry was influenced by John Keats. His later poetry was characterised by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence The House of Life. Poetry and image are closely entwined in Rossetti's work; he frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures, spanning from The Girlhood of Mary Virgin (1849) and Astarte Syriaca (1877), while also creating art to illustrate poems such as Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, his sister and celebrated poet.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Exceptional poetry by an exceptional artist.

    Exceptional poetry by an exceptional artist.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)