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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) and his sister Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) played important roles in the artistic milieu of Victorian England. Members of a highly cultured Italian immigrant family, they achieved widespread fame and exerted a significant influence upon the poetry and art of their time. Dante Gabriel was a co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters, contributing to a renewed interest in medieval themes and techniques. Both his painting and his poetry anticipated the Aesthetic movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His deep intellect and highly emotional nature are reflected in poems that exhibit a combination of complex symbolism and powerful feeling. He was a master of the sonnet form, as best exemplified in his book The House of Life. Christina served as a model for some of her brother’s early paintings, and she was closely identified with the Pre-Raphaelites. Her poetry is more accessible and displays perhaps a greater felicity of expression than her brother’s. Today she holds a higher reputation, often being ranked (sometimes rather condescendingly) among the leading women poets. Other critics, quite appropriately, consider her a major poet without the feminine label. A deeply devout person, she never married, although she eventually rejected two suitors, both for religious reasons. She produced a large body of Christian poetry, which is not represented in this collection. She also wrote many delightful poems for children. (Summary by Leonard Wilson)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 49m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:49


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:07