Selected Poems


Read by Leonard Wilson

(4 stars; 2 reviews)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) and his sister Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) played important roles in the artistic milieu of Victorian England. Members of a highly cultured Italian immigrant family, they achieved widespread fame and exerted a significant influence upon the poetry and art of their time.

Dante Gabriel was a co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters, contributing to a renewed interest in medieval themes and techniques. Both his painting and his poetry anticipated the Aesthetic movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His deep intellect and highly emotional nature are reflected in poems that exhibit a combination of complex symbolism and powerful feeling. He was a master of the sonnet form, as best exemplified in his book The House of Life.

Christina served as a model for some of her brother’s early paintings, and she was closely identified with the Pre-Raphaelites. Her poetry is more accessible and displays perhaps a greater felicity of expression than her brother’s. Today she holds a higher reputation, often being ranked (sometimes rather condescendingly) among the leading women poets. Other critics, quite appropriately, consider her a major poet without the feminine label. A deeply devout person, she never married, although she eventually rejected two suitors, both for religious reasons. She produced a large body of Christian poetry, which is not represented in this collection. She also wrote many delightful poems for children. (Summary by Leonard Wilson)

(1 hr 48 min)

Chapters

Silent Noon 1:45 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Birthday 1:22 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Little While 1:48 Read by Leonard Wilson
Remember 1:23 Read by Leonard Wilson
My Sister's Sleep 3:55 Read by Leonard Wilson
Maude Claire 2:44 Read by Leonard Wilson
Sudden Light 1:23 Read by Leonard Wilson
Dream Land 1:56 Read by Leonard Wilson
Soul's Beauty 1:37 Read by Leonard Wilson
Body's Beauty 1:38 Read by Leonard Wilson
Goblin Market 23:13 Read by Leonard Wilson
Autumn Song 1:25 Read by Leonard Wilson
Song 1:16 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Choice I, II & III 4:02 Read by Leonard Wilson
After Death 1:41 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Love Letter 1:34 Read by Leonard Wilson
No, Thank You, John 2:13 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Hill Summit 1:33 Read by Leonard Wilson
Love From the North 2:26 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Blessed Damozel 7:43 Read by Leonard Wilson
At Home 2:29 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Day of Love 1:34 Read by Leonard Wilson
Last Night 2:50 Read by Leonard Wilson
Insomnia 1:56 Read by Leonard Wilson
In the Round Tower at Jhansi 1:57 Read by Leonard Wilson
Mary's Girlhood (For a Picture) 1:42 Read by Leonard Wilson
Somewhere or Other 1:23 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Ballad of Dead Ladies 2:18 Read by Leonard Wilson
Helen Grey 1:53 Read by Leonard Wilson
Lost Days 1:39 Read by Leonard Wilson
An End 1:33 Read by Leonard Wilson
Sister Helen 14:21 Read by Leonard Wilson
Uphill 1:36 Read by Leonard Wilson
The One Hope 1:34 Read by Leonard Wilson
Children's Poems, from Sing-Song 3:06 Read by Leonard Wilson

Reviews

format spoiled readings


(3 stars)

A good reader but this collection was spoilt by the constant and unnecessary reiteration of the credits at every opportunity, given that the sections are very short,it spoiled the flow of the readings and was extremely distracting and annoying.