Read selected poems from Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet, illustrator, painter and translator, was born on May 12, 1828 in London. He was the brother of Poet Christina Rossetti and founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with co-founders William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Notable artists and writers influenced by the group include William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
“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 the celebrated poet Christina Rossetti, his sister.
Rossetti’s personal life was closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, and Jane Morris.”
Rossetti died on Easter Sunday, 1882 from kidney disease.