Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

When I Am Dead, My Dearest

Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about When I Am Dead, My Dearest by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Richard AntwiRichard Antwi (6/19/2020 5:54:00 AM)

    " When I am dead, my dearest,
    Sing no sad songs for me; "
    I share the same sentiments with you!(Report)Reply

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  • Sam McGee (4/11/2020 5:46:00 AM)

    I watched the Soap Opera " Dark Shadows" back in the 60's in 1969 they did a soundtrack Album " Dark Shadows" with when I am Dead recited by Jonathan Frid a.k.a. Barnabas Collins really moving(Report)Reply

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  • Alisha CastleAlisha Castle (3/5/2016 6:33:00 AM)

    wow! it a much heart touching and wonderful poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (9/14/2015 5:21:00 PM)

    ''I shall not see the shadows,
    I shall not feel the rain; ''

    simply beautiful..(Report)Reply

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  • Thabani KhumaloThabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:59:00 AM)

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

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  • Naida Nepascua SupnetNaida Nepascua Supnet (6/7/2015 7:17:00 PM)

    The poet cares for those she left
    Telling them to move on with life
    But we who are left here do not forget..we always remember happy memories
    We may not see them anymore.. but what they did and what they made us feel will always be remembered.(Report)Reply

    sher baz(12/6/2017 8:05:00 AM)

    thank you mam you almost solve my half problem by making me understand about what the poem is..and i need little more help from you that you should tell me on what aspects the poem is written..this is my email sherbazmarri7@gmail.com

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  • Azhar Khan (8/20/2013 8:51:00 AM)

    Its well worded, beautiflly expressed the realities of death and life.Christina is ever going to live in the hearts of those who
    understands the real meaning of the poem.
    Azhar(Report)Reply

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (10/20/2009 5:06:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorite poems from Ms. Rossetti and since high school days, have memorized it and learned it by heart. Eloquence of emotions in prefect rhyme and rhythm.(Report)Reply

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  • Emily OldhamEmily Oldham (6/21/2009 5:34:00 AM)

    Again, great rhythm. This poem makes me feel like crying- it's a sad poem, yet so full of hope... one of my favourites of Christina's.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003