Category Archives: Rossetti (Christina)

Apples That Taste of Earth and Song

Apples bring out poetic creativity, all the more so because the West has seen them as the forbidden fruit. I share here a selection of tempting apple poems.

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White House Assaulters & Goblin Market

“Goblin Market” seems only to relevant these days given the violence against women incidents emerging from the White House.

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Love Came Down at Christmas

People ask for physical miracles so that they may believe. Christina Rossetti points out that Jesus gave us something far more miraculous: divine love.

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Here Is No Water but Only Rock

Dry rocks have functioned as images of spiritual desolation throughout the history of Good Friday poetry.

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Who Has Seen the Wind?

Christina Rossetti’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” is about the Holy Spirit.

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Weeping, We Hold Him Fast Tonight

Christina Rossetti invokes Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins awaiting the bridegroom in this Advent poem.

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