Sunday, December 05, 2010

Remembering... Christina Rossetti

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBorn on this day in 1830 in London into a creative family - her father was the exiled poet Gabriele Rossetti, one brother the painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and cofounder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with her other brother William Michael Rossetti, her sister the author Maria Francesca Rossetti, and her mother Frances Polidori - Christina Rossetti's childhood was shaped by her father's descent into madness; he died in 1854.

Although Christina began writing at the age of seven, she remained unpublished until 1862, when Goblin Market and Other Poems appeared. She published widely thereafter, preferring to write children's and devotional verse; after her death in 1894 Rossetti garnered much posthumous renown for her poem In the Bleak Midwinter, which was later set to music and has been sung as a Christmas carol ever since.
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