Christina Rossetti

Peter Mcdonald

in Sound Intentions

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199661190
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749049 | DOI:
Christina Rossetti

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This chapter looks at repetition in Rossetti's lyric structures, giving some examples and analysis. It then examines lyric self-awareness and reiteration of the word ‘self’. It describes ‘By the Sea’ (1858), which is read closely in terms of repetition, rhyme, and the avoidance/omission of certain rhymes. The connection of this to Rossetti's devotional poetry and to meditations on Scripture in relation to ‘self’ are looked at. The chapter goes on to relate the importance of Revelations 21:1 to much of Rossetti's devotional lyric. It examines ‘At home’ (1858) and Rossetti's use of rhyme alongside ‘absent’ rhymes. The chapter also analyses concepts of likeness and unlikeness, their interpretation in Rossetti's thinking about rhyme, and their religious meaning for the poet. Finally it looks at rhyme, self-awareness, isolation, and meaning in Rossetti's densely rhyming and repetitive poetic structures.

Keywords: rhyme; repetition; devotional poetry; unlikeness

Chapter.  17057 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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