Poem introduction

The view of life after death in this poem is of a twilight where there may or may not be memory. In spite of Christina Rossetti’s avowed religion this is not a Christian view of the after-life. The paradox in the poem is that she’s able to summon up the pleasure of life so intensely and, at the same time, she turns aside. The poem has a song-like dreamy intimacy of address.

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