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It remains in contemporary times a beloved Christmas carol set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906.4 This poem represents Rossetti's allegiance to her devout religious convictions, which were based in the Anglo-Catholic expression of the Oxford (Tractarian) Movement in England beginning in 1833.
While much of England in Victorian times struggled with doubt and alienation as the result of the "disappearance of God," in many of Rossetti's poems she professes the devout High Anglican beliefs she shared with her mother and her sister, Maria.
Christina's older brothers were Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti (later painting and publishing under the name Dante Gabriel Rossetti) and William Michael Rossetti, first a civil servant, a position he took at his father's premature death, and later an editor of many literary works, including his sister Christina's poetry.
Both brothers were founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.1 Christina Rossetti was involved in the movement in the early days, contributing seven of her poems to the short-lived Pre-Raphaelite journal, The Germ, as well as modeling for Dante Gabriel's paintings The Girlhood of Mary Virgin and Ecce Ancilla Domini!
In 1971, for example, Stuart Curran characterized Rossetti as a poet of "serious limitations" (291) with "too small a range" (292), an "implacably shallow" intellect (288) with "so little to say" (298).
He concludes, "She is a good poet, an able poet, but not a great one" (299).
The Christina Rossetti myth that has had an enormous effect on the critical reception of her poetry revolves around two elements of her biography: her two broken engagements and her precarious health. A Pageant and Other Poems (London: Macmillan, 1880; Boston: Roberts, 1881). Prose "Dante, an English Classic," Churchman's Shilling Magazine and Family Treasury, 2 (1867): 200-205.
Collinson first proposed in 1848 but was refused by Rossetti, supposedly on the grounds of his recent conversion to Catholicism.3 Collinson returned to the Church of England and proposed a second time, a proposal that Rossetti accepted, but she broke off the engagement for good in 1850 when Collinson re-joined the Catholic Church. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (London & Brighton, 1881; Young, 1881). Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (London & Brighton 1883; New York: Young, 1883).The earlier illnesses remain a subject of great conjecture. New Poems, Hitherto Unpublished or Uncollected, edited by William Michael Rossetti (London & New York: Macmillan, 1896). Annus Domini: A Prayer for Each Day of the Year (Oxford & London: Parker, 1874).They were first, and most egregiously, diagnosed as depression brought on by "a kind of religious mania," a diagnosis told to Rossetti's first biographer, Mackenzie Bell, by Rossetti's attending physician, Charles Hare (qtd. "'O Wanton Eyes Run Over': Repetition and Fantasy in Christina Rossetti." Victorian Poetry. Speaking Likenesses, with Pictures thereof by Arthur Hughes (London: Macmillan, 1874; Boston: Roberts, 1875).Many critics before Curran have asserted that the lyrical purity of Rossetti's verses comes at the expense of intellectual and artistic complexity.Perhaps the comfortable default of relegating Rossetti to the position of "gifted minor poet" originated with her older brother, William Michael Rossetti, who writes in his "Memoir" in his collected edition of her Poetical Works that Christina's habits of composition were entirely of the casual and spontaneous kind, from her earliest to her latest years. (lxviii-lxix) Life Challenges to the critical reception of Rossetti's poetry have not focused solely on artistic technique.
If something came into her head which she found suggestive of verse, she put it into verse. Rossetti's compelling biographyher own and that of her famous siblingshas further clouded the critical assessment of her work.