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Dante Gabriel Rossetti biography :


D. G. Rossetti is a prominent poet, painter and translator. Born on May 12, 1828 into a highly creative family, he was the brother of poet Christina Rossetti and the critic William Michael Rossetti. He also co-founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which aimed to recover the richness and purity of medieval art.
D. G. Rossetti was a precocious writer; at 20 years old, his poem The Blessed Damozel (1847) won critical acclaim. His early works clearly show the influence of Medieval art, from his numerous translations of Dante and other Medieval Italian poets and his use of realistic images. Unfortunately, a personal tragedy radically influenced his literary style. His wife, Elizabeth Siddal, overdosed on laudanum after their child was stillborn. This led to a a recurring theme of romantic love, and a more metaphorical and sensual style—as if he were searching for the wife he lost in his creations.
In 1871, Rossetti published his first poetry collection, characterized by an eroticism that sent shockwaves in conservative literary circles. He defended his work by explaining his sonnets were a “moment’s monument”, capturing everyday acts such as a couple falling asleep after sex and provoking the reader to reflect upon their meaning.
D. G. Rossetti struggled with depression for most of his life, including drug addiction in his later years. He died at Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England.
 

   
   
 

Poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti :

Aspecta Medusa

Autumn Song

From The House Of Life The Sonnet

Insomnia

LXVI The Heart Of The Night

LXXI The Choice, I

LXXII The Choice, II

LXXIII The Choice, III

Mary's Girlhood

My Sister's Sleep

Sister Helen Part 1

Sister Helen Part 2

Sudden Light

The Blessed Damozel

The Cloud Confines

The Portrait

The Woodspurge

XCVII A Superscription

XLI Through Death To Love

XXXVI Life-In-Love

 

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Aspecta Medusa by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Autumn Song by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dream Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

From The House Of Life The Sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Insomnia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Love Enthroned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

LXVI The Heart Of The Night by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

LXXI The Choice, I by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

LXXII The Choice, II by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

LXXIII The Choice, III by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Mary's Girlhood by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

My Sister's Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Si by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sibylla Palmifera by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Silent Noon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sister Helen Part 1 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sister Helen Part 2 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sudden Light by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Cloud Confines by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Kiss by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Woodspurge by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

XCVII A Superscription by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

XLI Through Death To Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

XXXVI Life-In-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

 

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