Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

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Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/3/2010 7:51:00 AM)


    The never-ending passion of a poet and a lover also. Time gone by, but such passion is eternal. hear the cry within....... (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/3/2010 5:45:00 AM)

    I have decided to quit this page. The standard of criticism is too low. The general concensus seems to be that if a poem is published it becomes some kind of holy icon impervious to criticism. Also the same poems surface over and over and the whole exercise, after about a year, becomes pointless. I shall still make comments on poems, but not on the daily selection. Two things daily criticism has taught me are 1) that to write the perfect poem is a considerable intellectual feat and 2) how imperfect my own poetry is. (Report) Reply

  • nature 360 (8/3/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    Beautiful emotions laced with sorrow; leading the lover out of his pain so he can remember love as happy days gone by.

    True love; as seen by the poet. (Report) Reply

  • Sara S (8/3/2009 5:06:00 PM)

    Good poem!
    straw, you don't have to like it, but please don't ruin the poem for the rest of us! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (8/3/2009 9:49:00 AM)

    Does nothing satisfy our hypercritical Straw? Take it slow, Kevin, and read the sonnet line by line before launching into 'the thrology behind the phrase 'darkness and corruption, '' all right? First off, identify the type - Italian or English? Is there a break between octave and sestet? What does that signify? Whether or not Rosseti's sonnet is a 'pale version' of Shakespeare's Sonnet 74, I leave to our readers to decide!

    OK, time's up! 'Remember' is an Italian sonnet, patterned after Petrarch. The octave (first 8 lines) states an argument, and the sestet (final 6 lines) resolves or answers the argument. The silent land is death's dominion, the speaker notes, and when I am there I can no longer respond to your overtures. But do not grieve, for though I dwell in darkness and my mortal remains disintegrate into dust, recall the happy times we shared and let the sad times go! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/3/2009 5:30:00 AM)

    I do not agree with the theology behind the phrase 'darkness and corruption' - it spoils the poem for me. This is a pale version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 74 'But be contented when that fell arrest/Without all bail shall carry me away...' (Report) Reply

  • Sadiqullah Khan (8/3/2009 3:59:00 AM)

    This is beautiful, even in memory she does not want to grieve some one. Admirable lines and style of expression. Somber and touching. (Report) Reply

  • Max Soon (8/3/2008 1:16:00 AM)

    Very beautiful, meaningful, It's really better to forget and be happy, than to remember and be sad. (Report) Reply

  • Debbie Hering (4/10/2008 9:37:00 AM)

    When I found this poem about ten or so years ago I did not know that I would be reading it at my grandfather's funeral. But I am, because it fits his motto perfectly. He didn't want any of us to cry for him and would rather us smile. But I am crying for now because he is finally free from pain and the tears are of miserable happiness and relief. He is at peace. (Report) Reply

  • Dorliska Claudia (11/21/2007 12:40:00 AM)

    I remember the first time i read this poems five years ago, i remember the emotions that catch me as i read the lines, there is no word to explain what i feel five years after, coz the emotion is much stronger.REMEMBER is one of my favorite poem, it exactly describe what one may feel deep inside.Its wonderful to see how a simple word can touch you this way. May in five years then, i will be able to explain that feeling i got when i get through your lines.
    Its really something.
    Regards (Report) Reply

  • Mo. (8/3/2007 8:36:00 PM)

    Rememberance can bring both happiness and sadness.

    'Beautiful poem! ' (Report) Reply

  • Archie Langford (8/3/2007 1:45:00 AM)

    I was asked to say it at my step grandson`s funeral.
    yhe last two lines are on his grave stone that overlooks
    the Usk at Brecon. (Report) Reply

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