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

  • (1/10/2018 1:05:00 PM)


    a smile, oh heck / furious oh yeah / oh / (Report) Reply

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  • (12/24/2017 6:45:00 PM)


    i will (Report) Reply

  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/26/2017 5:01:00 AM)


    Oh a sad love poem. (Report) Reply

  • (10/27/2017 5:30:00 PM)


    A very moving poem about love. It goes straight to the kernel of the heart. (Report) Reply

  • (10/6/2017 3:23:00 PM)


    if you should forget me for a while and afterwards remember me.... (Report) Reply

  • Seema Sharma Rimi (9/6/2017 2:40:00 PM)


    And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
    For if the darkness and corruption leave
    A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
    Nice poem.
    10
    (Report) Reply

  • Sanjukta Sahoo (9/4/2017 11:54:00 PM)


    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.
    Nice poem.10
    (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2017 10:31:00 AM)


    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.
    Anyone will love to read this poem of yours thousand times..Great poem.
    Thanks poet.
    10++++
    (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/31/2017 7:19:00 AM)


    A beautiful love poem that touches the heart. Like to read again and again.Liked it. (Report) Reply

  • (8/17/2017 9:02:00 AM)


    Must we really go? This is what I always ask when I read poems like this one. Love is endless. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/23/2017 9:28:00 PM)


    Profound love poem. Love it very much... (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2017 4:47:00 PM)


    Exquisite and profoundly moving. I love it (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/1/2017 2:16:00 PM)

    tom allport
    a most sincere poem written from the heart. (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2016 6:40:00 AM)


    This is superb and timeless. (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (11/19/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    Death and remembrance.
    The poet believes in prayer. The message is from the other side of the day of judgement. Remember in happiness and not in grief. Lead a happy life, but do remember. A very strong and wise message. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2016 12:41:00 PM)


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

  • 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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