Tuesday, 29 December 2009

On this day...

English poet Christina Rossetti died in 1894 at the age of 64. Following the deterioration of her father's health in the 1840s, Rossetti suffered a nervous breakdown, leaving school and experiencing bouts of depression. The occurance also led her to explore the Anglo-Catholic movement, a move which was to impact considerably upon her life and induced the break off of an engagement and another subsequent relationship. Brother of artist Dante Gabriel, Rossetti modelled for some of his most famous paintings, including 'The Girlhood of MaryVirgin' and 'Ecce Ancilla Domini'. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood also gave her an opening for her writing; their literary magazine 'The Germ' contained several of her earlier published works. Her poems varying from devotianal to romantic, her most famous work is 'The Goblin Market', leading her to be labelled Elizabeth Barret Browning's 'natural successor'. Rossetti is also the author of popular Christmas carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter'.

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