Essay on Christina rosetti selected poems annotations

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Christina Rossetti – Poetry
Goblin Market – Pages 2-3
Cousin Kate – Pages 4-5
Jessie Cameron – Pages 6-7
Maude Clare – Pages 8-9
Winter: My Secret – Pages 10-11

Goblin Market
Two sisters: Laura + Lizzie- seduced by goblins – mainly Laura
Form + Structure: Christian allegory of temptation, fall, and Redemption. Rossetti does this to challenge the decidedly patriarchal perception of norms within Victorian culture in terms of sexuality to reconstruct the Christian idea of redemption.
Written in loose iambic pentameters, the rising metre often speeds up the pace of the poem. By composing an epic poem, Rossetti emphasises the fast pace of the storey she is telling and the passion it involves.
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“cottage maiden/ Hardened by sum and air” – the use of imagery depicts a labourers life, imagery of dirt, shows the distinction of social class will be prominent in the narrative.
The fact that the narrator was “lured” makes it sound as if she was an innocent “maiden”. The verb “lured” conveys Thomas’s predatory nature.
“Contented... cottage” – the hard alliteration of the letter ‘C’, conveys a bitter and edgier tone.
“shameless shamefull”- the Oxymoron/Sibilance reflects the hushed manner in which the speaker was ensnared by the “great lord”, she was taken in then cast aside like “an unclean thing”.
“changed me like a glove” – the simile objectifies her, moreover by describing herself as a glove, the speaker acknowledges that she lost sight of her own needs and desires in an attempt to please and suit the lord. “O Lady Kate, my cousin Kate” – the narrator employs a tome of sarcasm and condescension. The speaker tries a faltering attempt to belittle her cousin; however it just ends up highlighting her jealousy/ bitterness.
“He saw you at your father’s gate” – this conveys the vulnerability of her cousin, she was naive as the narrator. Rossetti metaphorically implies that Kate does not step beyond the boundaries of Victorian social conventions. “good and pure” – the repetition of these words conveys the speakers anger. She refers to herself as an “outcast thing”, the narrator instantly dehumanizes herself, which is

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