Poem introduction

In this poem Christina Rossetti combines something abstract, a promise, with the warm buttery earthliness of a pie-crust. It shows once again the ease with which she can fit her thought into riddles, myths, folk-sayings, proverbs and make these her own. There’s a contrast between the freedom and impulsiveness of love and the human desire to constrain it and shape it with promises, betrothals, engagements and social institutions.

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