Collected Poetry and Prose by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

An enormous poet, author, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti used to be visible because the dominating cultural presence within the moment 1/2 the 19th century. He based the Pre-Raphaelite circulate, revised and reimagined Blake’s undertaking of marrying photos and texts, and was once a shaping impression on Modernist aesthetic rules and practices. His translations are unique poetical works of their personal correct. Jerome McGann, a number one determine in 19th- and twentieth-century scholarship, provides a beneficiant number of Rossetti’s poetry, prose, and unique translations. the gathering, including vital writings unavailable in any variation of Rossetti ever published, is followed through McGann’s discovered and significantly incisive commentaries and notes.

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Follow his spirit’s journey:— nay, What Wres are blent, what winds are blown On paths his feet may tread alone? 15 p o e m s 27 Yet of the twofold life he led In chainless thought and fettered will Some glimpses reach us,—somewhat still Of the steep stairs and bitter bread,— Of the soul’s quest whose stern avow For years had made him haggard now. Alas! the Sacred Song whereto Both heaven and earth had set their hand Not only at Fame’s gate did stand Knocking to claim the passage through, But toiled to ope that heavier door Which Florence shut for evermore.

Div. Com. Purg. ) Of Florence and of Beatrice Servant and singer from of old, O’er Dante’s heart in youth had toll’d The knell that gave his Lady peace; And now in manhood Xew the dart Wherewith his City pierced his heart. 5 Yet if his Lady’s home above Was Heaven, on earth she Wlled his soul; And if his City held control To cast the body forth to rove, The soul could soar from earth’s vain throng, And Heaven and Hell fulWl the song. 10 Follow his feet’s appointed way; — But little light we Wnd that clears The darkness of the exiled years.

Hear us at last, O Mary Queen! Into our shadow bend thy face, Bowing thee from the secret place, O Mary Virgin, full of grace! ” (Div. Com. Parad. ” (Div. Com. Purg. ) Of Florence and of Beatrice Servant and singer from of old, O’er Dante’s heart in youth had toll’d The knell that gave his Lady peace; And now in manhood Xew the dart Wherewith his City pierced his heart. 5 Yet if his Lady’s home above Was Heaven, on earth she Wlled his soul; And if his City held control To cast the body forth to rove, The soul could soar from earth’s vain throng, And Heaven and Hell fulWl the song.

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