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A major poet, writer, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was seen as the dominating cultural presence in the second half of the nineteenth century. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite movement, revised and reimagined Blake’s project of marrying images and texts, and was a shaping influence on Modernist aesthetic ideas and practices. His translations are original poetical works A major poet, writer, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was seen as the dominating cultural presence in the second half of the nineteenth century. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite movement, revised and reimagined Blake’s project of marrying images and texts, and was a shaping influence on Modernist aesthetic ideas and practices. His translations are original poetical works in their own right. Jerome McGann, a leading figure in nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarship, presents a generous selection of Rossetti’s poetry, prose, and original translations. The collection, which includes important writings unavailable in any edition of Rossetti ever printed, is accompanied by McGann’s learned and critically incisive commentaries and notes.


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A major poet, writer, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was seen as the dominating cultural presence in the second half of the nineteenth century. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite movement, revised and reimagined Blake’s project of marrying images and texts, and was a shaping influence on Modernist aesthetic ideas and practices. His translations are original poetical works A major poet, writer, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was seen as the dominating cultural presence in the second half of the nineteenth century. He founded the Pre-Raphaelite movement, revised and reimagined Blake’s project of marrying images and texts, and was a shaping influence on Modernist aesthetic ideas and practices. His translations are original poetical works in their own right. Jerome McGann, a leading figure in nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarship, presents a generous selection of Rossetti’s poetry, prose, and original translations. The collection, which includes important writings unavailable in any edition of Rossetti ever printed, is accompanied by McGann’s learned and critically incisive commentaries and notes.

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    Rossetti was a painter and a poet. His true strength in poetry was being able to paint a picture with words, a picture that he could eventually put onto canvas. His poems have such a lyrical quality to them and are best read aloud. One of my favorite poems by Rossetti is titled "The Card Dealer" and was written after seeing a painting by Theodor von Holst. Rossetti used vivid details while describing the woman in the painting. This can be seen in the fourth stanza, when he writes "Her fingers le Rossetti was a painter and a poet. His true strength in poetry was being able to paint a picture with words, a picture that he could eventually put onto canvas. His poems have such a lyrical quality to them and are best read aloud. One of my favorite poems by Rossetti is titled "The Card Dealer" and was written after seeing a painting by Theodor von Holst. Rossetti used vivid details while describing the woman in the painting. This can be seen in the fourth stanza, when he writes "Her fingers let them softly through/Smooth polished silent things;/And each one as it falls reflects/In swift light-shadowings,/Blood-red and purple, green and blue,/The great eyes of her rings." I love how beautifully written his poetry is and can only hope to be able to richly describe a subject as well as Rossetti.

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