Rossetti, Christina

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Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti was born on 5 December 1830 in London. She was an English poet and was the sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

From Wikipedia:

“Rossetti began writing down and dating her poems from 1842, mostly imitating her favoured poets. From 1847 she began experimenting with verse forms such as sonnets, hymns and ballads; drawing narratives from the Bible, folk tales and the lives of the saints. Her early pieces often feature meditations on death and loss, in the Romantic tradition. She published her first two poems (“Death’s Chill Between” and “Heart’s Chill Between”), which appeared in the Athenaeum, in 1848 when she was 18. Under the pen-name “Ellen Alleyne”, she contributed to the literary magazine, The Germ, published by the Pre-Raphaelites from January – April 1850 and edited by her brother William. This marked the beginning of her public career.

Her most famous collection, Goblin Market and Other Poems, appeared in 1862, when she was 31. It received widespread critical praise, establishing her as the main female poet of the time.”

Rossetti died of breast cancer on 29 December 1894 and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.

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