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Poems and Prose (Oxford World's Classics)

Poems and Prose (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Rossetti , Simon Humphries
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The mystery of Life, the mystery
Of Death, I see
Darkly as in a glass...'

Christina Rossetti (1830-94) is perhaps the most contradictory of the great Victorian poets. She writes of the world's beauty, but fears that it may be deceptive, even deadly. She is a religious poet, but much of her work is driven by uncertainty. Her poems are restrained, even secretive, but they seek nothing less than the mystery of Life and Death.

This edition contains Rossetti's strongest and most distinctive work: poetry (including 'Goblin Market', 'The Prince's Progress', and the sonnet sequence 'Monna Innominata'), stories (including the complete text of Maude), devotional prose (with nearly fifty entries from the 'reading diary' Times Flies), and personal letters. Those poems which Rossetti published, and those which she withheld from publication, are here brought together in chronological order, allowing the
reader to observe her poetic trajectory. This edition also records the major revisions made by Rossetti when preparing her poems for publication. It brings together the fullest range of Rossetti's poetry and prose in one volume, and is an indispensable introduction to this entrancing writer.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the Author

Simon Humphries was formerly Fellow and Tutor in English at Trinity College, Oxford, and is now an independent scholar. His essays on Victorian literature have appeared in Victorian Poetry, eview of English Studies, and the TLS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 552 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0460875361
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (9 Oct 2008)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems and Prose 1 Jan 2013
By Julia
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Christina Rossetti - Just what I wanted for a Christmas present for a friend . She was delighted with this book. Excellent condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection 17 Oct 2000
By butterflygrrrl - Published on
This is a fantastic collection of the oft-overlooked poet, Christina Rossetti. I had ordered it at a bookstore, at first thinking I had ordered another book. When it came I was pleasantly surprised. It was much better than the one I thought I had ordered! The timeline and biography that editor Jan Marsh provides at the beginning of the book are invaluable. The book, as the title suggests, is divided into two sections--poetry and prose. What is not indicated is that included in Rossetti's short fiction are some of her letters which grant a bit of insight into her character. As for the fiction, it is evident that if Rossetti had turned her focus in that direction, she could have established a fine writing career. "Commonplace" rivals any of Jane Austen's work, with its wit and insightful charactersation. The poetry section provides a variety of poems that prove Christina Rossetti one of the finest Victorian poets. Ranging from more well-known pieces like "Goblin Market", "Pilgrim's Progress" and the Monna Innominata sonnet sequence; to her less-read poems for children, this edition brings a wide variety of Rossetti's best work together. I highly recommend it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, people, rediscover Christina Rossetti! 30 July 1999
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I would like to say read Christina Rossetti! She's very underappreciated. Her poetry is lyrical and musical with a kind of magic about it. Simple yet elegant. And her themes are on the surface "Victorian" but her sincerity and honesty are refreshing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine book 4 Oct 2013
By monsieurw1 - Published on
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I am a fan of Christina Rossetti, but I discovered through this book that I enjoy her poetry much more than her prose. So I also bought the Penguin edition of the complete poetry, and that is what I actually read, since this Oxford book only has a partial selection of the poetry. This might suit your needs, however. She is belittled sometimes as limited by her nursery rhymes, and her well-known "Goblin Market" is readable as a children's verse, but she is a writer of great depth, insight and erudition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Oxford Press 24 Jun 2011
By A. M. Wagner - Published on
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A very nice edition of a Nineteenth Century English poet. Many gems in here. Decent print, decent size, good match of cover art. Reasonable price. Do check her works out online. This one's to keep. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars superb edition 14 Nov 2009
By James P. McEvoy - Published on
Simon Humphries has done a sensitive and meticulous job in editing these pieces. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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