Christina Rossetti was 31 when her most famous collection Goblin Market and Other Poems was published in 1862 but perhaps better known are two other poems. Her 1872 poem A Christmas Carol was set to music by Gustav Holst and renamed In the Bleak Midwinter, and her short poem Remember appears regularly in poems of funeral verse. Her lines of sweet and lyrical verse go straight to the emotional heart of her subject and explain which she remains popular today.Please search for the full poem in an anthology or at your local library.
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Read these other excerpts and find a new poet to love:-
‘Digging’ by Seamus Heaney
‘My Life’s Stem was Cut’ by Helen Dunmore
‘The Unthinkable’ by Simon Armitage
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