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WHEN I AM DEAD, MY DEAREST By Christina Rossetti
When I am dead, my dearest,Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above meWith showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingaleSing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilightThat doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,And haply may forget.
Grief of those who lost their loved oneDoes not want to be missedForgetting would be happier
-Born in Victorian Era- Surrounded by the Arts- Imitated favorite poets- As a woman, was not appreciated- Later extremely renowned- Poetry dealt with loss-Does not want to be missed orbecome a painful memory-No need to hold them close
Sibilance – Allowing the poem to read on without interruptionBe the green grass above meWith showers and dewdrops wet; And dreaming through the twilight That doth not rise nor set, Repetition of the S soundAlliteration – The repetition ofa sound or consonant shady cypress green grass sad songs
Metaphors – To speak of one thing in place of another I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on, as if in pain: Poets senses have shut down completely.
- Born to the Victorian Era - High Mortality Rate
- From four weeks to four years- Black clothes only- Cannot forget