quote of the day: 1/21/13

    “Her lips began to scorch,

That juice was wormwood to her tongue,

She loathed the feast:

Writhing as one possessed she leaped and sung,

Rent all her robe, and wrung

Her hands in lamentable haste,

And beat her breast.

Her locks streamed like the torch

Borne by a racer at full speed,

Or like the mane of horses in their flight,

Or like an eagle when she stems the light

Straight toward the sun,

Or like a caged things freed ,

Or like a flying flag when armies run”.

-From Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti


illustration by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

personal notes:

This is another favorite of mine, that I am always pleased to find anthologized within lit. class textbooks. I love the way Rossetti’s style flows in a way that we commonly see in child-like poetry, but that the content is rather hard-hitting as well. I highly recommend reading this in full, rather than just this quote or excerpt.


About theopenboat

21. Currently residing in the south central valley of California. English major. Book nerd.

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