It is a short book of just 55 pages But they contain some of Christina Rossetti s best poems just 20 of them.
Though they are only 20, yet they are full of varieties Long poems short poems allusions direct poems poems for adults poems for children on death on birth religious secular.
Except for few, I loved all of them I am to blame for the ones that did not appeal to me May be in a later reading they would reveal themselves to me I read almost all of them loud in my room and they are just charming The echo really pulls you in Try reading them loud if and when you read the poems You will certainly appreciate me.
About poems They are mostly about love, loss, and death I can not say than that For I am a bad reviewer of poetry The word fails me Advise for women The title poem Goblin Market one of the longest poems is full I remember enjoying some of Rossetti s shorter poems as I child not that this is especially long , but was not familiar with this until I heard an extraordinary reading on BBC Radio 4 by Shirley Henderson a few months ago I ve tried to find a link, but can only find a very short sample It is a hypnotic poem about temptation, salivation, and salvation via sacrifice, told in contrasts a sensible sister and a weak willed one gorgeous fruit, from hideous goblins It can happily be read by or to a child, though as an adult, it s impossible to ignore the sensual allusions, starting on the very first page, with the goblins tempting fare including plump unpecked cherries.
The whole story is dripping with the juice of ripe fruit, and the beguiling words of the hideous goblins trying to sell it This story is about the language and imagery than the plot If you don t want spoilers, stop Now this was an interesting poem, and one that can be interpreted several ways Personally, I took it as a suggestion that Victorian women should behave like ladies, and should resist the advance of men who only want them for sex This makes the men wicked thus, they were represented as Goblins This effect was created through them trying to get the women to try their fruit at market, which was metaphorical for them trying to get women to taste their loins Morning and eveningMaids heard the Goblins cry, Come buy our orchard fruits,Come buy, Come buy However, this is only one angle to look at the poem from there are also religious undertones through the fact that one of the girls tries to redeem herself, and cleanse herself, after tasting The intellectual critic is able to remove himself from this poem s pomophilic lesbianism and focus on an analysis of the many literary elements present The lesser man simply counts himself lucky to find two such beautiful events in utopic cohabitation.
This book was read for the readwomen month I am so glad that I bought the complete poetry of this woman because, if what I read is any indication, she will soon become one of my favourite poets of all time The main poem in this book is called Goblin Market, it is about the men that only wanted women as objects and for sex, it depicted them as Goblins, as they tried to get the women to taste their fruit It is also strong on the theme of redemption, as a woman has tasted the fruit and regrets it and tries to gain forgiveness, but not after desiring in the beginning, until she feels disgusted by it The other poem I loved was Queen of Hearts Is this a poem about the struggle among the matters of the heart That is what I think, but it is poetry, and everyone will interpret it differently These are poems that can be read to children, an
Goblin Market is one of the most, in turns, enchanting, horrifying, beautiful, and fantastical pieces I have ever read Goblin Market 5 5 starsDream Land 4.
5 5 starsSong 5 5 starsAn End 4.
5 5 starsA Pause of Thought 3 5 starsSweet Death 4 5 starsA Birthday 3 5 starsBabylon the Great 5 5 starsOn Keats 5 5 starsIn an Artist s Studio 5 5 starsThe Queen of Hearts 4.
5 5 starsA Christmas Carol 5 5 starsAn Old World Thicket 3 5 starsSpring Quiet 3.
5 5 starsUp Hill 4 5 starsSong 4 5 starsA Dirge 5 5 starsA Frog s Fate 5 5 starsMy Dream 2.
5 5 starsNursery Rhymes 4.
5 5 stars ¿ Goblin Market ¿ Christina Rossetti wasn t on the school syllabus in the 1970s, nor the university syllabus in the 1980s either I first read Rossetti in 1999, when friends asked me to read A Birthday at their wedding The first and last lines My heart is like a singing birdWhose nest is in a watered shoot Because the birthday of my lifeIs come, my love is come to me.
This Penguin Little Black Classics edition provides a selection of Rossetti s work, including the funereal Dream Land Rest, rest, for ever Upon a mossy shore Rest, rest at the heart s core Till time shall cease and the spookily wonderful Goblin Market, which begins Morning and eveningMaids heard the goblins cry Come buy our orchard fruits,Come buy, come buy Apples and quinces, Lemons and orangesSweet to tongue and sound to eye,Come buy, come buy For a properly scholarly but still accessible Christina Rossetti has to be one of the most depressing poets I have ever come across BUT this is not to say that I didn t enjoy her poems On the contrary I found them to be really moving Goblin Market itself was my favourite poem out of this collection and I can see why the Penguin chose to title the book after it It is a story of addiction, bad descisions, courage and eventually redemption.
Other poems in the collection and very good but not for me at least as mentally visually poignant I will have to read of her work 3 5