Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

Remember - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Comments about Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • (2/15/2016 12:41:00 PM)

    very good poem. I like it. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/28/2016 1:28:00 PM)

    You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
    Only remember me; you understand
    It will be late to counsel then or pray.
    Yet if you should forget me for a while
    (Report) Reply

  • Kedar Sunuwar (1/1/2016 11:28:00 AM)

    All words are well crafted, great! (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (12/22/2015 12:59:00 AM)

    There seems to be such an uncanny similarity between this poem and Tagore's Bangla song 'Tobu Mone Rekho' which means Still 'Remember me.' In this song, the opening lines translated into English say, Remember me, Still remember me...even when I go far...when old love remains hidden under the veil of new love, even when I am close and you can't see me, whether I am there like a shadow or not, still remember me... (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2015 1:46:00 PM)

    This poem is one that I find nearly perfect. The poetic language is precise without being pedantic, the rhyme scheme is subtle and effective, and does not take away from the natural flow of the poem, but instead is something that one needs to be gently reminded of between the beauty of the words. The time phrasing and length of each line, pouring into the stanza is subtly attached enough to read not only as an individual line, but as a part of a sentence, which when coupled with rhyme and meter is a difficult task to obtain, much less master as effortlessly as Rossetti.
    But the true beauty in this poem is its ability to be read multiple times. While many poems are read like a wine, savored best in tastings with time to savor between consumptions, Rossetti's Remember reads like water, and I rarely find myself reading it less than once in a single sitting: however long it may be between sittings. The emotion behind the poem, its bittersweet evolution of phrases seem both hopefully and perilous, a fighting for optimism against inevitability. It shines like a human face, searching the dark corners for light, and finding it when it is not there.
    But perhaps the most beautiful part about this poem is that it is not overdone. Whereas other masters Angelou, Hughes, Kipling, Frost and Shakespeare are brought out constantly and reliably, Rossetti only sees the light of day when it is most perfectly appropriate. Like a favorite book, it is not overused, but never overlooked.
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  • Dedan Onyango (7/15/2015 1:23:00 PM)

    Do we take time to remember those salient moments that have characterised our lives? This poems echoes that, the power of remembrance. (Report) Reply

  • (6/30/2015 4:31:00 PM)

    So much this poem leaves you with a windy heart and a dancing soul... (Report) Reply

  • Gauri Vyas (6/25/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    Great thought, words , lines (Report) Reply

  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.x (Report) Reply

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (5/17/2015 10:00:00 AM)

    My most favorite poem...first read when I was eleven years of age...the words remained with me throughout the years as an instant recalled verse. I loved the verse then and now at age 83. I could repeat the lines, almost word for word after that first reading by heart, as we called it back then. The words haunt my memory, never to be forgotten. Dorothy Alves Holmes (Report) Reply

    Glenn Frederick Baker (5/6/2016 5:04:00 AM)

    Absolutely I agree; I'm 74 and discovered this gem many years ago.

  • Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 12:23:00 PM)

    I adore this poem on so many levels it is beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2015 2:59:00 AM)

    Truly a great feel is getting while reading this poem. likes. (Report) Reply

  • Jacob Macharia (8/3/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    Grearm..always remember to remember (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    ..............truly a beautiful composition... (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/25/2014 8:31:00 AM)

    Let us still remember all antique art and poems with smile (Report) Reply

  • Sj Holland (8/3/2013 6:02:00 PM)

    It is indeed better to remember and smile. (Report) Reply

  • (8/3/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    Remembrance is full of sadness, happiness and love. (Report) Reply

  • Jack Growden (8/3/2013 3:19:00 AM)

    PLEASE READ MY COLLECTION! I am a young, aspiring poet and hence all feedback is welcomed. Feel free to rate and comment as you wish. Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • (3/19/2013 1:35:00 PM)

    This is the poem I told my better half to read as a part of my euology at my funeral. It is romantic which Christina Rossetti was very romantic. (Report) Reply

  • Akanksha Bhatt (10/1/2012 10:31:00 AM)

    just amazing! i am listening to it the first time and its great! a beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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