(1830-1894) British writer. Christina Rossetti was part of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and famous for "Goblin Market," "A Birthday," "When I Am Dead," and "Up-Hill." Read more about the life and works of Christina Rossetti.
Christina Rossetti Birth:
Christina Rossetti was born in London, England on December 5, 1830. Her father was Gabriele Rossetti, a professor of Italian at King's College until his blindness caused him to resign in 1845. Her mother was Frances Polidori, a former governess.
Rossetti once said, "I, too, had a very passionate temper. On one occasion, being rebuked by my dear Mother for some fault, I seized upon a pair of scissors, and ripped up my arm to vent my wrath."
Christina Rossetti Death:
Christina Rossetti developed cancer in 1891. She died in London, England on December 29, 1894.
Christina Rossetti Education:
Christina Rossetti was educated at home. Her father was a poet, and her brothers were writers as well.
Christina Rossetti Marriage:
Christina Rossetti never married. She apparently loved Charles Cayley, but rejected him in 1866. According to William Rossetti, "she enquired into his creed and found he was not a Christian."
Christina Rossetti Quotes:
"My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit..."
- "A Birthday"
"We shall escape the uphill by never turning back."
- "Amor Mundi"
"Why does the sea moan evermore?
Shut out from heaven it makes its moan...
- "By the Sea"
"Sleep that no pain shall wake,
Night that no morn shall break..."
"I have a room whereinto no one enters
Save I myself alone..."
Christina Rossetti Brief Biography: