TBPL Staff Poetry Favourites

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we’re featuring the favourite poems or poets of Thunder Bay Public Library Staff.

Lori K, a member of our circulation desk staff at Brodie, is a fan of the pre-Raphaelites:

When I was a teenager, I was given a book of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and poetry, each both beautiful and sad. I particularly loved the work of Christina Rossetti who was a poet at the time when women did not pursue poetry or art, struggling to maintain her identity while being overshadowed by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

 

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Mallais
Ophelia by Sir John Everett Mallais

When I am dead, my dearest

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Christina Georgina Rossetti
Click here for books about Christina Rossetti at TBPL, and here for more information about Rossetti and her work.

 

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve been reading Jan Marsh’s biography of Christina Rossetti recently, and would highly recommend it for an in-depth discussion of the poet’s attempts to reconcile her ambition as poet with the accepted role of Victorian women. She did so much more than I had realised.

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