The Poetry Christina Rossetti poem LIFE AND DEATH

The Poetry Christina Rossetti poem LIFE
The Poetry Christina Rossetti poem LIFE

Christina Rossetti poem


When I Am Dead, My Dearest

Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti (1810-1894) is of Italian origin. She started writing poetry from an early age. A religious woman at heart, she remained single throughout her life. Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) contains the pure lyric, narrative fable, ballad and devotional poetry. Her potery is filled with both sensuous details and with religious severity.

This poem, also published under the title “Song” elsewhere, tells the dear one not to be sentimental and sing sad songs for her When she is dead. Tile first stanza deals with the world of the living and the second with the poet’s experience in the grave.

The Poetry Christina Rossetti poem LIFE
The Poetry Christina Rossetti 

Christina Rossetti poem

When I am dead, my dearest,

Sing no sad songs for me;

Plant thou no roses at my head,

Non- shady cypress tree:

Be the green grass above me

With showers and dewdrops wet,

And if thou wilt, remember,

I shall name see the shadow,

I shall not feel the rain;


I shall not hear the nightingale

Sing on, as if in pain;

And dreaming through the twilight

That doth not rise nor set,

Haply I may remember,

And haply I may forget.


eypress an evergreen tree with small overlapping leaves

twilight the time of the day when night is about to begin; (two eypre lights)

doth does

haply by chance


A son– is a lyrical poem that is sun) to the accompaniment of some musical instrument.

A lyric is a short poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the speaker in very personal and subjective style. Initially, it was a poem sung to a lyre, a stringed instrument of ancient Greece. Today. it still exploits the musical possibilities of language to praise (ode). to lament (elegy), to arouse strong felings of patriotism, love. heroism and other noble sentiments. The lyric is a broad category that includes sonnets, madrigals, elegies, odes, songs and even ballads.

QUESTIONS . What does the poet tell the dear one a) to do b) not to do after her death?

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