Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti is a narrative poem of stunning imagery and abundant sensuality. The drive behind its plot focuses on the actions of the goblin men and how the fruits they sell in the market affect the life of a pair of loving sisters. In this post, the fantastic aspects of the poem regarding the fairies are brought to light and discussed in depth.
Arthur Rackham, Goblin Market
Christina Rossetti’s poem, Goblin Market, which was published in 1862, is primarily a work of literary genius. Its rich, intoxicating language and hypnotic rhythm and refrains carry the reader along irresistibly. It is a long poem, too long to reproduce in full here, but I provide a link to the whole text and cite here the first few lines:
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