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Author: Poetry of Christina Georgina Rossetti Type: Poetry Views: 1049

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When I am dead, my dearest,

Sing no sad songs for me;

Plant thou no roses at my head,

Nor shady cypress tree:

Be the green grass above me

With showers and dewdrops wet;

And if thou wilt, remember,

And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,

I shall not feel the rain;

I shall not hear the nightingale

Sing on, as if in pain:

And dreaming through the twilight

That doth not rise nor set,

Haply I may remember,

And haply may forget.


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Wow, she is one of the most beautiful girls I have seen x

| Posted on 2018-01-07 | by a guest

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Wow, she is one of the most beautiful girls I have seen x

| Posted on 2017-12-31 | by a guest

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im 12 years old. This has brought out my inner being.
my name is harry picton

| Posted on 2013-04-11 | by a guest

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First of all, Christina Georgina Rossetti is the author of this poem. She actually lived her life in pain, suffering from different diseases and illnesses. So that could be one reason why she wrote this poem.
The first stanza of the poem states what the speaker doesn\'t want her(Christina) relatives to do after her death, like singing sad songs and placing roses.
In the second stanza, she says that she wouldn\'t hear or feel their gestures anymore when she dies so its nothing to her, so why do it?
She simply says that she doesn\'t want to be a burden to those who she would leave and wants to let them move on. She wants them to think that when she is gone, she is gone.
The last lines implies uncertainty. She is uncertain if she would be remembered or if she would be forgotten.

| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest

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Ive loved this poem for 18 years now. Do to religious beliefs I understand death to be no more than a grave until the Resurrection. If one looks up hell in the dictionary, it is said to be no more than a grave. My point is that Could it be conveying the view that when one passes there isnt anything more. That when you die you are simply gone.

| Posted on 2012-07-13 | by a guest

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Haply means perhaps or maybe! people are doing wrong explanation of it.

| Posted on 2012-06-27 | by a guest

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this poem is about the reader telling her lovedones not to morn over her death but remember the happy memories of her instead of the sad ones.

| Posted on 2012-04-04 | by a guest

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Are there any metaphors or similies in this poem? I\'m supposed to write a 2-3 page essay that talks about different poetic devices. Please help!

| Posted on 2011-11-16 | by a guest

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\'haply i may remember and haply may forget\' means that the loved ones of poetess will remember her but at last they will forget her.this is natural people remember their loved ones who die,for one month, two months or three months but at last they forget them.

| Posted on 2011-08-09 | by a guest

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first stanza of this poem is not clear.please explain it clearly.

| Posted on 2011-08-09 | by a guest

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in this poem the poetess is expressing her feelings, she knows the reality of death and also knows that she will also be dead one day. she dose not want to make her loved ones sad that,s why she is saying them not to remember her, because her memories will hurt them. but in reality she wants to be remembered by every one but with out making them sad. so she says that it is good to forget me happily, then to remember me sadly. so this poem is the advice of poetess to her loved ones because she will not be able to say all this after her death.

| Posted on 2011-07-15 | by a guest

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this poem is about lyf that lyf is short man has to die da poetess is very much disturbd by the domination of manly world nd i guess finally shes happy dat shes dyin =D

| Posted on 2011-07-05 | by a guest

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no, really if you dont think the defication one is right youre an idiot. what else would it be? when people pass away, your corpse deficates, so thats what christna was telling her lover....\"dont come near my smelly dead corpse\" would you wanna see your significant other when they got some doo doo all up in they joint? no.

| Posted on 2011-05-02 | by a guest

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i think that she is talking when she dies not to like remeber her and that not to cry over her and things so yeea

| Posted on 2011-04-13 | by a guest

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this poem was written by chrisina rossetti, about herself to show that when she dies, as a way of getting rid of toxins in her body, her corpse will deficate. and she doesnt want her lover in the room when she deficates cause itll smell so bad. so she\'s kind of saying \"dont come near me\" because she doesnt want the last time he sees her to be smelly.

| Posted on 2011-04-01 | by a guest

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This poem is about the writer\'s death in the future. She feels that memory of her shall live within the hearts of all those she has touched, and don\'t remember her death, just the memories they had. Singing for her and planting roses means nothing, they will be with her one day and just wants as little memories of things during her death, just memories of happy times.
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| Posted on 2011-03-05 | by a guest

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I think it is neccesary to tell you that Christina Rossetti was never married (She was engaged twice, but she called them both off due to religious differences),and wrote this shortly after she suffered from Graves disease. There were many people which she loved, and the poem is actually about her telling all her family and friends not to mourn her death but to live on, because she will not know if she will even remember them in heaven, and she\'ll be happy in heaven.

| Posted on 2011-01-18 | by a guest

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..i need to make a 5-page analysis out of this poem! outch! how can i do this?

| Posted on 2010-12-29 | by a guest

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This poem isn’t necessarily about her \"own\" death nor does she wish her loved ones to \"celebrate\" or \"be okay\" with it. This poem is about the way Victorian women were controlled by men and she is explaining death as a type of paradise, freedom from the grasp of greedy manipulative men of the Victorian era. \"My dearest\" is sarcastic and \"haply may forget\" means she wishes to forget the way she was enslaved by her man. Divorce was unacceptable in Victorian times so many women would actually commit suicide as it was the only escape.

| Posted on 2010-11-02 | by a guest

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i would just like to point out to the last comment that you\'re never supposed to think of the writer being the speaker in the poem, its always supposed to be \"a person\" not necessarily the writer. This doesnt mean that it cant be the writer but unless specified think of it as \"a person\" speaking.

| Posted on 2010-09-21 | by a guest

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Hey people im 12 and i got an essay to rite about.it's got to be about comparing Song whith meeting at night bye robert browning im kinda stuck and if someone reply id be greatfull ive ogt to compare them. like the poem song is set in a graveyard when the poem meeting at night is set in a landscape where he has to go to get her.wow this is confuzing ZCHHH

| Posted on 2010-07-14 | by a guest

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This poem appears to suggest that the writer wishes her loved ones to get on with their lives after her death. If they want to remember her at times then that is fine but if they forget her occassionally then this is also alright. Incidentally the definition of the word 'haply' is 'perhaps' not 'happily' so, the writer is stating therefore that she herself only 'might' remember. It is equally possible that she 'might' forget.

| Posted on 2010-05-21 | by a guest

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yall are confusing me! lol i got an exam in 10 minutes!!!!

| Posted on 2010-04-30 | by a guest

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In this poem, Christina Georgina Rossetti is trying to tell her loved ones to not waste their time by putting any flowers on her casket or giving her anything when she is dead. She says that she cannot hear, feel, or see anything when she is dead. All she wants from her loved ones is to only have happy thoughts of her and not to think anything bad of her when she is gone.

| Posted on 2010-03-06 | by a guest

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This poem is a contradiction upon itself. She is trying to break the normal tradition of death and say that a death should be celebrated not morned.. Also, if you read the one below, this is just continued. I also posted that comment/analysis

| Posted on 2010-03-03 | by a guest

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Christina Rossetti has written a poem about her own death in the future. She expresses how she'll be comforted in the knowledge of her loved ones happily moving on past their grief as she would rather them have positive memories of her death rather than negative.

| Posted on 2010-03-03 | by a guest

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This poem is about how when she is dead, she cannot feel human emotions anymore. She also does not want her lover to feel guilty, if he forgets her. She wants him to be happy and move on.

| Posted on 2010-01-25 | by a guest

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i like this poem and she is really poor and she got a bad dad R.I.P

| Posted on 2009-10-26 | by a guest

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Song is a contradiction in itself, as the songs are not normally associated with death, its hymns. Here christina is trying to break out of the stereotypical tradtion, she doesnt want people to waste memories on the bad, just like she doesnt want them to waste time placing flowers on her grave. she wants them to appreciate her life not her death. i think she is very optimistic.

| Posted on 2009-10-02 | by a guest

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This poem was written by christina rossetti to contradict the traditional view of women, through poetry, in the Victrorian era. The speaker is telling her lover that she does not wont to be remembered or reunited with him when he joins her in heaven. She is questioning him on weather she has ever loved him in return at all. This is shown through the last two lines. She is practically saying that she doesn't love him and she will happily forget him.

| Posted on 2009-07-28 | by a guest

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Contrasts what is generally seen as pleasant symbols, such as roses to symbolize life and remembrance with less pleasant aspects of life.
Means to represent the bitter/sweetness in life that demands bitter/sweetness in death.
Puts an optimistic view on death which the author herself was known to share

| Posted on 2009-07-14 | by a guest

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This poem really helps me to connect with my inner being. Poetry is the life of this planet! GO POETRY!

| Posted on 2009-04-23 | by a guest

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This poem is about the writer's death in the future. She feels that memory of her shall live within the hearts of all those she has touched, and don't remember her death, just the memories they had. Singing for her and planting roses means nothing, they will be with her one day and just wants as little memories of things during her death, just memories of happy times.

| Posted on 2009-04-14 | by a guest

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The poem is about the death of the writer herself. The writer wants that her loved one will never forget her even though she will be six feet underground. The green grasses with dewdrops symbolizes freshness. She wants that her lover would still remember her and will never forget her after her death. She wants that her memories will still be fresh in her lover's heart. She doest not want her lover to put roses on her grave and sing songs for her for she will never hear or see those things for she will already be dead.

| Posted on 2005-08-31 | by Approved Guest

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