Posted by Stolzi on November 08, 1997 at 20:06:40:
In response to Funny, you mention madness, written by Karen R on November 06, 1997 at 16:23:49
] As I switched gears to bone up on the women poets, I ran across a tidbit about Christina Rossetti. Apparently, one year of her life is missing (1857-1858). Her family totally closed up on this one and her biographer has guessed that Christina was a little "mad" during that year.
] Another thing, when she resurfaced after that year, she wrote her greatest poem, "Goblin Market."
I too wouldn't imply she was pregnant, or even had sexual experience, during that year or any other time, but "Goblin Market" is a way heavy poem; I read it too long ago to expound, but there's certainly symbolism there that is out of the "maiden-lady" or the "palely religious" class. It burns.
Christmas coming - time to practice up on my own favorite by C Rossetti, "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," with the lovely tune by Gustav Holst.
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