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Dante Gabriel Rossetti


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Dante Gabriel Rossetti : The King's Tragedy

On visit to 50-year-old Dante Gabriel Rossetti, '[Hall] Caine, half his age, was treated to a reading of "The King's Tragedy" ...'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Dante Gabriel Rossetti      


Dante Gabriel Rossetti : The Burden of Nineveh

Letter H. 39 - 12/10/1856 - "-I don't know when I read a poem, since as a boy I first read "The Assyrian came down" - which has given me such intense pleasure as the "Burden of Nineveh" in No. 8 of Oxford & Cambridge - Pleasure of course - of a different kind but I am quite wild about it - That profound last stanza - the infinite power and ease of all!!!"

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: John Ruskin      Print: Serial / periodical


Dante Gabriel Rossetti : 

'While his widowed mother... worked a market stall, Ralph Finn scrambled up the scholarship ladder to Oxford University. He credited his success largely to his English master at Davenant Foundation School: "When I was an East End boy searching for beauty, hardly knowing what I was searching for, fighting against all sorts of bad beginnings and unrewarding examples, he more than anyone taught me to love our tremndous heritage of English language and literature". And Finnn never doubted that it was HIS heritage: "My friends and companions Tennyson, Browning, Keats, Shakespeare, Francis Thompson, Donne, Housman, the Rosettis. All as alive to me as thought they had been members of my family". After all, as he was surprised and pleased to discover, F.T. Palgrave (whose Golden Treasury he knew thoroughly) was part-Jewish'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ralph Finn      Print: Book


Dante Gabriel Rossetti : poems including Jenny

"Forbidden David Copperfield, Bleak House, The Heart of Midlothian, and The Vicar of Wakefield ... [H. M. Swanwick] read them none the less ... When she was lent Dante Gabriel Rosetti's poems by a friend, 'Jenny' ... came as a welcome antidote [to Dickens's and Scott's treatments of fallen women]."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: H. M. Swanwick      Print: Book


Dante Gabriel Rossetti : 

''"My masters... in poetry, were Swinburne and Meredith among the living, Rossetti, Matthew Arnold and Robert Browning among the lately dead. To these I would add Edward Fitzgerald... In prose, the masters were Stendhal, Flaubert, Villiers del'Isle-Adam, Guy de Maupassant, Prosper Merimee and Walter Pater".'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: John Masefield      Print: Book


[probably] Dante Gabriel Rossetti : [poems]

'In the evening, G. being very weary, I read him some of Rossetti's poems'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book


Dante Gabriel Rossetti : 'Sister Helen'

'Before leaving BIdeford, he told Osborne, he had read Rossetti's poems "rapturously": "I am mad about Rossetti ever since and I solemnly declare that of all poems that I have read "Sister Helen" is the finest. Never in my life, not in Shakespeare, not even in Browning have I read such superbly passionate, such agonizingly intense accents of unfaltering revenge and implacable hate, creating, surely, a new shudder!"'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Arthur Symons      Print: Unknown


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