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By Dinah Roe

This new learn makes a speciality of the significantly missed region of Rossetti's devotional poetry and her prose, delivering a serious intervention within the feminist development of an enormous Victorian girl poet.

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12 Ruskin’s vehemence suggests a different kind of unease. His critique is so unbalanced, with its uncharacteristic emphasis on what ‘the public 34 Christina Rossetti’s Faithful Imagination like’, that it looks like a displacement of something else — perhaps the suspicion that Rossetti’s ‘observation and passion’ reflected ‘Tractarian heresies’. If so, the suspicions were well-founded, as Rossetti went on to become the ‘decayed branch’ that fell far from ‘the strong stem’ of romantic medievalism championed by the PRB.

Rossetti’s woman, like Madeline, is both innocent and knowing. ” (45–8) The male figure, no Porphyro after all, tells her “‘Rise and follow me’” (49). Undaunted, the woman tries again: ‘“And whither would’st thou go friend? Stay / Until the dawning of the day”’ (50–2). With the Christ-figure’s next refusal, the tone shifts from satirical to polemical. This shift is forecast with his entrance, which occurs simultaneously with the silencing of a nightingale’s song: She heard, what ne’er she heard before, A steady hand undo the door.

9: 1, emphasis mine) Once Ecclesiastes uses the wisdom of his heart, he begins to understand better the workings of the divine and his place within the divine plan. When he ‘[applies his] heart to know wisdom’ (8:16), he accepts that ‘All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked’ (9:2) and that ‘time and chance happeneth to them all’ (9:11). The wisdom that comes from his heart seems ‘great’ (13) to him, and he discovers that ‘wisdom is better than strength’ (16).

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