2. Dickinson, Rossetti, and their obsession with death - the biographical and historical background 21
2. Dickinson, Rossetti, and their obsession with death - the biographical and historical background "From the time when Emily Dickinson first began to write poetry until her last fading pencil marks on tattered bits of paper, the mystery of death absorbed her." 1 "Miss Rossetti's genius was essentially sombre, or it wrote itself at least on a dark background of gloom. The thought of death had a constant fascination for her, almost such a fascination as it had for Leopardi or Baudelaire ... "2 In December, 1830, two women poets were born on opposite shores of the Atlantic: Christina Georgina Rossetti at No. 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London on December 5th and Emily Elizabeth Dickinson in the Dickinson Homestead on Main Street, Amherst, Massachusetts on December 1Oth. Though separated by an ocean, these two women had a great deal in common: both present exaggerated examples of retiring women who entered, before middle age, a fast seclusion;3 both sought escape from a male-dominated society and a life of restricted activity by sacrificing the traditional role of wife and mother; both found this escape in poetry, working chiefly from what they themselves experienced in reality or, much more often, within the imagination; both were concerned with a struggle for peace of mind, concentrating on introspection and the inner life Bingham, Millicent Todd (ed.), Bolts of Melody. New York 1945, p. 5 2 Miles, Alfred H. (ed.), The Poets and the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. Vol. 9: Christina G. Rossetti to...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.