A collection of Rosetti's most well known and loved poetry. Alongside the famous beauty of Rosetti's 'In the Bleak Midwinter', 'Goblin Market' is a deceptively simple poem.
The story of two sisters and their temptation, punishment and redemption, written in Christina Rosetti's characteristically songlike poetry, is easily passed over as a fable or fairy story. But there are several layers more to discover in this most intriguing of poems.
The sexual undertones of the temptation posed to the girls, the hints of a challenge to the role of women in Rosetti's society and the ever-present undertow of Christian evangelism all combine to create a surprisingly complex piece of work.
This collection also includes some of Rosetti's best-loved poems. Aside from the obvious but no less beautiful 'In the Bleak Midwinter', there is "The Prince's Progress', 'De Profundis', 'Up Hill' and 'The Convent Threshold' along with over 50 other of her most soulful and lyrical poems.