Christina Rossetti's : Song Essay

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Christina Rossetti’s ‘Song’: Death and grief. Love and tragic loss are key themes of the Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature movement, and ‘Song’ combines the two beautifully in a way that neither glorifies nor portrays a detrimental idea of death and the outcomes it brings. Rossetti uses a variety of natural imagery to beautify the idea of life. She tells the reader to ‘plant no roses at my head’ where the symbol of the ‘rose’ embodies the theme of love, which was key in such a Romantic Era of poetry. Further use of the idea of living nature is used by ‘shady cypress tree’ which defines the idea of death as the branches of such a tree were traditionally carried at funerals in symbol of mourning, yet Rossetti’s orders to the reader…show more content…
We see this in ‘Song’ by the structure: the separation of the two stanzas creates the divide of life and death (the first stanza full of natural and growing objects, and the second being in ‘twilight’ and ‘shadows’). She either believes in immortality or she just isn’t sure what death beholds ‘dreaming through the twilight / that doth not rise nor set’ features many uncertain terms, and the enjambment used creates a hesitation in the speaking of the poem. Her imagery of the twilight and rising and setting of the sun still fail to mention any attributes of religion and fate through Heaven or Hell, which was uncommon for the time of the poem, as religion played a dominant part in the Victorian Era, and other works of Rossetti demonstrate a religious belief, and the idea that this poem is entitled ‘Song’ and not ‘Hymn’ for example, makes the reader believe that Rossetti herself is questioning her beliefs when it comes to death and departure of the world, despite her otherwise proving herself as a devout Anglican. Rossetti uses the sibilance in the repetitive usage of ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sounds to add to the melancholy tone of the poem, further, one could argue that she has chosen such sounds in order to soothe and hush the readers tears and sorrows in grieving. Rossetti has focused largely on the intended reader of this poem, yet hasn’t outlined who they are. Typical Romantic literature outlined the ways in which men would mourn for the women
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