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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. (1828 - 1882).

W o r k

- a painter and a poet of decorative and descriptive poetry > a poet in his painting and a painter in his poetry

- founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848)

- fascinated with the female face and body, idealised women both sexually and spiritually, and saw them as an object of desire and worship

- painted women with dreamy stares as if breathless from visions of heaven x but: parted lips and voluptuous curves suggest an earthly kind of ecstasy

> combines spirituality and sensuality

- early poetry: in a less elaborate mode (“My Sister’s Sleep”)

- mature poetry: in a stunning polysyllabic diction giving an effect of opulence and density to his lines

- believes art should be concerned with the beautiful x not with the useful or didactic, holds ‘colour and meter’ superior to ‘all intellectual claims’

> anticipated the 1890s Aesthetic Movement

The House of Life (1870):

- a sonnet sequence on the relationship of spirit and body in love

- in the vein of Coventry Patmore’s The Angel in the House (1854 - 1863), an adoring long poem idolising his wife in her domesticity

“The Blessed Damozel” (1850):

- a heavenly yet at the same time fleshly vision of after-life

- a young woman waits for her lover in heaven, not enjoying the paradise, but suffering from loneliness

“A Half-Way Pause”, “Autumn Idleness”, and “The Woodspurge”:

- landscape poems striking for its intensity of vision


"The blessed damozel lean'd out / From the gold bar of Heaven; / Her eyes were deeper than the depth / Of waters still'd at even; / She had three lilies in her hand, / And the stars in her hair were seven."

The opening of "The Blessed Damozel" (1850).


(Selfportrait. 1847. Source: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti. Aka Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (1828 - 1882). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Painter. Founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Author of "The Blessed Damozel" (1850).
  • Genre

    Romanticism. Pre-Raphaelites.


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