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Christina Rossetti : New Selected Poems

Christina Rossetti : New Selected Poems
As an Anglican priest and poet, Rachel Mann in her selection appreciates Rossetti's ambition while attending, too, to recent scholarship that focuses on the religious, feminist and fantastical elements in her work.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781784109066
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Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Author: Rachel Mann
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Since C.H. Sisson's ground-breaking Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1984), Christina Rossetti's readership has burgeoned. Almost a century ago Ford Madox Ford claimed her as `the most valuable poet that the Victorian age produced', and - Valentine Cunningham recently declared - she now sits at top table with Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Barrett Browning. It is no longer necessary to read her merely as a pale Pre-Raphaelite: her originality, her prosody, her themes are all her own. This new Selected Poems builds on Sisson's work, refusing to confine Rossetti's technical and allusive brilliance to any one moment or tradition. Feminist and queer scholars have laid claim to Rossetti; but her Anglo-Catholic faith was never incidental to the power of even her most secular poems and is at the heart of her imaginative work. As an Anglican priest and poet, Rachel Mann in her selection appreciates Rossetti's ambition while attending, too, to recent scholarship that focuses on the religious, feminist and fantastical elements in her work. Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest and writer. She was Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral between 2009 and 2017 and is the author of five books, including Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God (DLT 2017). She is Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing and English at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poetry was anthologised in Carcanet's New Poetries VII (2018) and her debut collection A Kingdom of Love was published by Carcanet in September 2019. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was born in London and educated at home. She was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites through her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Her first collection, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862) was extremely successful and this was followed by The Prince's Progress and Other Poems (1866) and A Pageant and Other Poems (1881). She also wrote a collection of verse for children and several essays about religion. Her eldest brother, William, brought out a complete collection of her poetry after her death, in 1904.
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