Much of Christina Rossetti’s poetry has a very depressing and rathersombre tone, which can be sometimes used to infer the way in which sheviewed life and times, which she was living in. However, despite thissombre theme throughout her poetry it can …
Much of Christina Rossetti’s poetry has a very depressing and rathersombre tone, which can be sometimes used to infer the way in which sheviewed life and times, which she was living in. However, despite thissombre theme throughout her poetry it can be argued that it was notonly her life that influenced her poetry but also the time in whichshewas living. Many historians have suggested that the era in whichRossetti lived was a rather ‘bad’ time, the second half of thenineteenth century was a rather strange period and the Pre-RaphaeliteMovement made quite an artistic group.
The Pre-Raphaelites, being young, talented, and having many ideas oftheir own, felt stifled by the rigidity of the Royal Academy’s idea ofwhat tasteful, beautiful art should be. The PRB held the haughtybelief that the only true great art came from before the 16th centuryItalian painter, Raphael (hence the society’s name). Raphaelrepresented high renaissance, a time when painters, instead of lettingtheir subjects dictate their qualities to the artist, would manipulatethe subject into their own ideal of beauty. Thus, all realism waslost. The PRB, with full spirit, denounced this art of idealization,and led the way to produce works based on real landscapes and realmodels, and paid intense attention to accuracy of detail and colorWilliam Holman Hunt, D.G. Rossetti, John Everett Millais, WilliamMichael Rossetti, James Collinson, Thomas Woolner and F.G. Stephensfounded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) in 1849. In some ways itwas an impulsive venture, the PRB aimed to produce works that wereinnovative in style and substance, and expressive of direct, sincerefeeling. And behind this lay the persistent ambition to be noticedand ‘make a name’. As well as painting, they were also committed tothe literary arts, and nearly all the PRBs wrote poetry. Thesepainters had a specific agenda. Instead of painting the typicalstill-lifes, landscapes and seascapes, they drew their subject mattersfrom medieval tales, bible stories, classical mythology, and nature.Using bright colors on a white background, the artists were able toachieve great depth and brilliance.Although some of ChristinaRossetti’s earliest versese were published in The Germ, a magazineproduced for a short time by the Pre-Raphaelites, and she sat as amodel for several of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s paintings, she was not