The Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti0 0 5 Höfundur: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti - An Introduction
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born on 12th May 1828 in London, England.
As a youth he was "self-possessed, articulate, passionate and charismatic" but also "ardent, poetic and feckless". Like his siblings, including famed poet Christina Georgina Rossetti, he most wished to be a poet but had a keen eye as a painter, having shown a great interest in Medieval Italian art.
Together with Williamn Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais they developed and founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Their mission? To reform English art and return to the detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art.
The brotherhood's magazine, The Germ, was first published in 1850 with Rossetti contributing a poem, "The Blessed Damozel", and a story about a fictional Italian artist inspired by a vision of a woman who bids him combine the human and the divine in his art.
Rossetti first met his future wife, Elizabeth Siddal, a model, in 1849, who was latter sitting for him and involved in an intense relationship.
By 1852 they withdrew from society, totally absorbed in each other. The lovers nicknamed each other; "Guggums" and "Dove".
In 1861, Rossetti together with William Morris became a founding partner in the decorative arts firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. Rossetti contributed designs for stained glass and other decorative objects.
Meanwhile his marriage to Lizzie was troubled. The terrible hurt of Rossetti’s affairs with other women had caused her stress leading to depression and other illnesses. She now began to take and become addicted to laudanum.
In 1861, Lizzie became pregnant but the resultant birth was a stillborn daughter. Lizzie’s post-partum depression was followed by an overdose of laudanum the following year.
Rossetti was devastated and, at her funeral in Highgate Cemetery, he buried the bulk of his unpublished poems with her body.
Poetry and painting are closely entwined in Rossetti's work. He frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures, while also creating art to illustrate poems such as "Goblin Market" by his sister.
His personal life was closely woven into his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses. William Morris’s wife, Jane, regularly sat for him during the next few years, and it was said she "consumed and obsessed him in paint, poetry, and life".
During these years, Rossetti was prevailed upon by friends to exhume his poems from his wife's grave which he eventually did, collating and publishing them in 1870.
Their eroticism and sensuality caused much offence. One, "Nuptial Sleep", described a couple falling asleep after sex. It was part the sonnet sequence The House of Life, a complex series tracing the physical and spiritual development of an intimate relationship.
Rossetti beautifully described the sonnet form as a "moment's monument". And these were his crowning literary achievement.
Toward the end of his life, he sank into a morbid state, shadowed by addiction to chloral hydrate and increasing mental instability. He spent his last years as a recluse at Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, London and died on Easter Sunday on 9th April, 1882.
Index of Contents
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - An Introduction
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - The Sonnet
Love Enthroned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Bridal Birth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet III - Love's Testament
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet IV - Lovesight
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - The Kiss
Nupital Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet VIa - Supreme Surrender
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet VII - Supreme Surrender
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet VIII - Love's Lovers
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet XX - Gracious Moonlight
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet XXVI - Mid-Rapture
Sonnet XXVII. Vain Longing - The One Hope by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet XXIX - The Moonstar
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet XXXVI - Life-in-Love
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sonnet XXXVII - The Love Moon
Dante Gabriel Rosetti - The Willwood Sonnets. Sonnet I
Willow Wood - Sonnet II by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Willow Wood - Sonnet III by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Willow Wood - Sonnet IV by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sudden Light
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sunset Wings
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - At the Sunrise, 1848
Dante Gabriel Rosetti - Autumn Song
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - On Refusal of Aid Between Natrions
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - On The Road To Waterloo, 17th October (En Vigilante, 2 Hours)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - After the German Subjugation of France, 1871
Troy Town by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Sacrament Hymn
Vox Eccalasie by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
My Sister's Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Genius in Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Shakespeare
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - John Keats
The Sea Limits By Dante Gabriel Rossetti
On the Site of a Mulberry Tree by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Silent Noon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Song and Music
Eden Bower by Dante Gabrielr Rossetti
The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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