Unpicking 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rossetti
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On this day in the year of 1830, Christina Rossetti was born in London. She had one sister and two brothers, most notably artist and poet Dante Gabriel, who most famously founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. But, in a time where men were excelling in art and literature, Christina Rosetti forced through the stereotypes and stigma of her age and became a formidable poet in her own right, despite her gender and brothers success.
Image courtesy of Dante Gabriel RossettiRossetti’s most well-known and loved poems consist of ‘Goblin Market’, ‘Remember’ and the Christmas Carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. But what was it that set Rosetti apart from other authors of the time? Well, if you delve deeper into the underlying meanings of her poetry you will discover some deeply complex and political messages, something that is especially notable in her poem ‘Goblin Market’. The Madonna/Whore complex
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