Shadow, shadow on the wall Spread thy shelter over me; Wrap me with a heavy pall, With the dark that none may see. Fold thyself around me; come: Shut out all the troublesome Noise of life; I would be dumb. Shadow thou hast reached my feet, Rise and cover up my head; Be my stainless winding sheet, Buried before I am dead.
Composed with the ring of an allegorical fable, An Apple-Gathering appears deceptively simple. Apart from the beautiful rural images, the poem gets its appeal from the fact that the vehicles and tenors that in a typical fable are fixed to each other, here are scrambled and seem to shift places.
Consequently the basic pattern of cause and consequence that is intimated at the start is blurred and temporarily suspended. In the end the poem seems to reflect on simple misfortune, on relationships that turn bitter for no obvious reason, and the impossibility of morally accounting for the things that happen to us.
The significance of the apple in the poem comes in part from associations with the Garden of Eden.
Meanwhile the speaker, with premature carnal knowledge is left empty-handed. However, a reading like this, while undoubtably implied, needs to ignore half the signals in the poem in order to be accepted fully.
All this suggests a rejection of the carnal and earthly in favor of the abstract and the pure. Meanwhile the country girls with a good harvest come from the rosy-cheeked, naive rural girl — whose redness harmonizes and connects her with the sunset and the apples to suggest a far more sensuous, carnal nature than that which characterizes the speaker.
The tone of the poem breaks away from the fable style in this stanza, and the final two with their introspection and lack of resolution clearly efface the conventional moral ending.
That which the apples symbolise is undefinable — they are universally attractive but whether as a reward or temptation is unclear.
Thus the poem can be said to be not only about the inscrutability of fortune but also the inadequacy of allegory, metaphor and by extension all language.
The repeated loitering — as all repetitions do — literally prolongs that state over the period of time spent between them and suggests an unending isolation. This poem in forcing us to ask questions with no answer strikes me as infinitely more interesting.on the sonnet “Remember” by Christina Rossetti.
It was written in when Rossetti was just 19 years old. She is considered to be one of the foremost women poets of the 19th century Victorian period. In this sonnet the themes of love, death, and reaction to death are . Nora Keane Lit (Tues/Thursday) 12/20/16 Analysis of The Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti Christina Rossetti’s poetry is lyrically gorgeous.
In its rhythmic perfection and its ease of rhyme, it is a pleasure to read and to recite. Mar 31, · Christina Rossetti’s use of specific periods of time of light and darkness in “Goblin Market” showcases the ambiguity of evil and temptation. This is seen through her use of twilight, which is defined as “a period or state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline” (“Twilight”).
Jan 01, · Christina Rossetti is widely regarded as the most considerable woman poet in England before the twentieth century.
No reading of nineteenth century poetry can be complete without attention to this prolific and popular poet.4/5(45).
Rossetti presents the darker side to God in the poem 'Shut Out', a shadowless spirit builds a wall and blocks the narrator from her garden - this might well be the Holy Spirit, but it is presented (through the eyes of the narrator) as cold, rejecting and domineering. To this extent the poem must be read as either a simple failure or an evasion of a problem that is, whether culturally or personally grounded, beyond the poet's ability to articulate and confront.
There are, obviously, general cultural grounds for this failure.