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The Blessed Damozel

Rating: 3.2
The blessed damozel lean'd out
From the gold bar of Heaven;
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of waters still'd at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
And the stars in her hair were seven.

Her robe, ungirt from clasp to hem,
No wrought flowers did adorn,
But a white rose of Mary's gift,
For service meetly worn;
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John S 30 October 2015
I am reading a book on Rosetti, and he is really ahead of the times with this Poem. This was written in Victorian England, heaven is a place for reunited lovers, and the Young girl is simultaneously pure and desiring at a prudish time when the two were seen as opposites. There were many other ways in which this poem challenged contradictory orthodoxy views of the day. Pretty good, given that it was, I believe, his first poem. He's certainly no Poe, but I admire his courage to fearlessly state that sexual desires can coexist with sexual purity in Victorian England.
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Leonard Wilson 22 February 2010
Rossetti admired Poe's 'The Raven' and wrote this poem as a counterpart to it, from the viewpoint of the dead woman, sad though in heaven, because she is separated from her lover. Although she dreams of what it will be like when they are reunited, the poem suggests, alas, that he is unlikely ever to join her in heaven.
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Kallol Sen 07 February 2008
excellent word-painting
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