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A Better Resurrection Analysis

Author: Poetry of Christina Georgina Rossetti Type: Poetry Views: 318

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I have no wit, no words, no tears;

My heart within me like a stone

Is numbed too much for hopes or fears.

Look right, look left, I dwell alone;

I lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief

No everlasting hills I see;

My life is in the falling leaf:

O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,

My harvest dwindled to a husk:

Truly my life is void and brief

And tedious in the barren dusk;

My life is like a frozen thing,

No bud nor greenness can I see:

Yet rise it shall--the sap of spring;

O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,

A broken bowl that cannot hold

One drop of water for my soul

Or cordial in the searching cold;

Cast in the fire the perished thing;

Melt and remould it, till it be

A royal cup for Him, my King:

O Jesus, drink of me.


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In this poem by Rossetti, the reader is witnessed to her sheer adoration, want and need of eternal unionship with Jesus to be rid of the earthly world she has so much disdain for. Since Rossetti suffered from delibidating illnesses all her life her adoration towards God and the self-affirmation to the Divine would be variable; here Rossetti appears to want or need nothing else. She also wants God to make her into a better person since she is so limited and constrained in her own world. Certainly, the semantic field of sadness and redemption are all to clear but tinged with the diction choice is sheer desperation to leave this world and heighten her relationship with Jesus. Compared to workes such as Good Friday and Despised and Rejected then indeed a converse interpretation is required however, Rossetti believes herself to be old and requiring the spiritual guidence of God. At one point she refers to herself as 'a broken bowl' making reference to the Eucharist (Biblical intertextuality has also been a common trait in Rossetti's poetry). It refers to the gold and silver challice that Jesus drank out of. In a more modern Christian convention the water used in Baptism ceromies represents the blood of Christ. Since the ceronomy celebrates birth of a Christian, Rossetti too asks for the same thing and be reformed into whatever necessary to obtain the pass to heaven. Additionally she makes two references to herself as a leaf; almost as though her life is spiraling out of control. Diagrammatically, as the leaf falls it alluminates its two sides. One protests its greeness and beauty whilst the other side is tarnished, ugly and dishevelled. Rossetti refers to herself as this side and thus wants nothing more that for the unionship with Christ to be hastened.

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