By Christina Rossetti
'The secret of existence, the mystery
Of dying, I see
Darkly as in a glass...'
Christina Rossetti (1830-94) is likely to be the main contradictory of the nice Victorian poets. She writes of the world's good looks, yet fears that it can be misleading, even lethal. She is a spiritual poet, yet a lot of her paintings is pushed via uncertainty. Her poems are restricted, even secretive, yet they search not anything under the secret of lifestyles and Death.
This variation comprises Rossetti's most powerful and so much specific paintings: poetry (including 'Goblin Market', 'The Prince's Progress', and the sonnet series 'Monna Innominata'), tales (including the whole textual content of Maude), devotional prose (with approximately fifty entries from the 'reading diary' instances Flies), and private letters. these poems which Rossetti released, and people which she withheld from e-book, are the following introduced jointly in chronological order, permitting the reader to monitor her poetic trajectory. This variation additionally files the key revisions made by way of Rossetti while getting ready her poems for e-book. It brings jointly the fullest diversity of Rossetti's poetry and prose in a single quantity, and is an critical advent to this entrancing author.
Readership: Poetry fans, readers of Victorian literature, women's writing, spiritual and devotional writing, scholars of nineteenth-century English literature.