British imagination to tell a tale of confusion

British born poet, Christina Rossetti, famous for her outstanding works of religious, romantic and melancholy poems. Rossetti was born on December 5th 1830 into a family with a father, Gabriele Rossetti – a poet and known political exile, a mother, Frances Polidori – known for her children being founders of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Rossetti’s turbulent life she had ahead of her was one that is evidently reflected throughout her work. Rossetti’s religious involvement began at an early age as she was home-schooled by her mother and father – who both taught during their lives. Rossetti was introduced to the works of globally known authors such as Keats – a romantic poet, and Ann Radcliffe – a gothic poet. Soon after Christina Rossetti was born, her family became financially unstable due to her father, Gabriele facing extremely poor physical and mental health conditions. This lead him to quit his teaching position at King’s College, London in 1840 and suffered further from then on. To aid her children, Frances began teaching to keep them out of poverty. These years affected Rossetti massively, her father being ill caused everyone in the family to become more active and out of the house, which meant that Rossetti’s home life became lonelier and secluded. In 1834, Rossetti’s isolation resulted in her suffering from a nervous breakdown at the young age of 14. This nervous breakdown and her family life affected Rossetti’s future and it was at this time when Rossetti became devotionally obsessed with the Anglo-Catholic church which later developed to be the Church of England. Rossetti’s teens involved experimenting with literary potions and allowed Rossetti to express her inner thoughts and feelings into words. Rossetti’s first poem ‘Song’, 1848 addresses death and love; Combining the two, Rossetti involved her young imagination to tell a tale of confusion and distress – typical of a young teenage girl. Following her teenage years, Rossetti wrote a number of