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February 26, 2005


This is one of my favourite poems. I know it is a bit depressing but read it anyway. I will endeavour to post something more upbeat tomorrow :-)!

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.


Christina Georgina Rossetti

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Rossetti had a fascination with death and this is evident in her other poems, Looking Back, Up-hill and Song, to name a few. Death was a favourite theme of Victorian writers. Victorians were rumoured to be intrigued with the processed of change, decay and growth and Rossetti might have been no exception.

Posted by: Tina | Feb 28, 2005 6:02:19 AM

Very moving poem. It might sound a bit depressing, but it cautions us too to cherish our days and time, until its too late.

Posted by: Alka | Feb 28, 2005 3:18:34 AM

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