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.
Who Has Seen the
Who has seen the
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.
Christina Georgina Rossetti
bow down their heads: bend their treetops, as in submission (se
passing through = passing by (going past)
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