promise as a poet while still very young. She was educated at home and
encouraged to write by her family; her teenage poems were printed by her
grandfather on his own press.
She was a devout Anglican, and refused two suitors on religious grounds: the
painter James Collinson because he became a Roman Catholic; and Charles Bagot
Cayley, because he was an atheist. Perhaps as a result of this self-denial, a
recurrent theme in her poetry is the rejection of earthly passion in favour of
Rossetti's health was always poor, and illness had rendered her an invalid by
the time she was fifty.
is widely regarded as the greatest female poet in English up to her own time.
She was considered for the position of Poet Laureate, before her final illness
made the appointment impossible.
Remember me when I
am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
Christina Georgina Rossetti
when I am gone away: cuando me haya ido
plann'd = planned
counsel: give advice
grieve: feel sorrow
by far: by a considerable margin
sad =/= happy
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