Christina Georgina Rossetti was born in London in 1830. Although some of her earliest verse was published in The Germ, and she sat for a number of paintings by her brother (Dante Gabriel Rossetti) and other Pre-Raphaelites, she was not a member of the movement.
Much of Christina Rossetti's work was religious in nature; the themes of renunciation of earthly love and concern with death shadow such favourite poems as "When I am Dead, My Dearest" and "Up Hill". A devout Anglican, she spent the last 15 years of her life as a recluse. At the same time, however, Rossetti wrote delightful verse for children, such as the charming lyrics in Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (1872). The most important collections of her work are Goblin Market and Other Poems, considered her finest poetry, and The Prince's Progress and Other Poems (1866).
Christina Rossetti died of cancer on 29 December, 1894, in London.
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