Christina Rossetti, 1830-1894
Goblin Market was Rossetti's first commercially published volume of poetry. The title poema moral allegory of temptation, indulgence, sacrifice, and redemption, with pronounced sexual under-tonesremains her most discussed work to this day.
Critics continue to study Rossetti's response to and influence on a women writers' tradition. During the last quarter of the twentieth century, feminist critics were especially concerned with Rossettis critique of patriarchal amatory values and gender relations. Christina Rossetti has been called the greatest Victorian woman poet, but her poetry is increas-ingly being recognized as among the most beautiful and innovative of the period by either sex.
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