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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 :

Silent Noon

The Kiss

Love Enthroned

Venus Verticordia

Mine eyes beheld the blessed pity spring

Dream Love

The Blessed Damozel

Sibylla Palmifera


Books of poetry by Dante Gabriel Rossetti :

Pre-Raphaelite Poetry

Book Description

This outstanding anthology presents the most inspired verse of the the Pre-Raphaelite movement--a treasury of poems that resound with a lush musicality of language. The poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti crowns this collection: highlights include "The Blessed Damozel," "My Sister's Sleep," and selections from The House of Life. Christina Rossetti is amply represented by "Remember," "Cousin Kate," "Song," "The Convent Threshold," and other memorable poems. Algernon Charles Swinburne's "The Garden of Proserpine" and William Morris' "The Haystack in the Floods" appear here, along with George Meredith's "Lucifer by Starlight" and selections from Modern Love