Christina Rossetti Poetry

I use to have this huge book of poems when I was 12 and this one poem was among
my favorite.

I use to sit under this huge oak tree and read all afternoon so many poems,
my friends would sit around me and let me read to them and we would all be
inspired thru the poems and the mood that was set.

Please enjoy the mood and feel the time of long ago.

Dream Empire

When I Am Dead

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dew drops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Happily I may remember,
And happily may forget


17 thoughts on “Christina Rossetti Poetry

  1. i liked this:"And if thou wilt, remember,And if thou wilt, forget."wow. that's so loving. as if the writer is saying she respects whatever will bring the grieving person peace. now that is love, since wouldn't we all selfishly want to be remembered? lovely!x

  2. Great poem, great music, great waterfall. Everyting fits in its place. It's straight from the heart. With love, Ramute.:)

  3. I agree with the words of the poem,

    Happily I may remember,And happily may forget

    Beautiful!But it is so difficult to not mourn someone who was loved.:heart:Sarah

  4. Hello Great,I am also honored to see your comment as I have not seen yours or the poster before your name.I am also happy you are attached to this poem some how,it's very old and Christina Rossetti is very famous and her poetry flowsThank you again for commenting and your visitFati

  5. Hi Sarah,Mourning is a good thing it's the length of time one mourns that turns into something NOT good.We live and remember the times of these people and usually with a smile knowing they lived and had a good life and also gave life in return.Thanks for readingLoveFati

  6. Hi Michele.Yes you are so right about the unselfish part and this is what attracted me to this poem at my young age. I found so much love inside these words and it's nice to know others do as well.Thank you my GFLoveFati

  7. Hello Hitesha,thank you for enjoying and reading and commentingit's my honor to have your visit and your sharing This poem spiked my memory of the times I hold so dearinside my heart and the pure love I was surrounded withat that time. Thank you againFati

  8. i was just re-reading this post and remembering one Valentines Day when three of my friends and I were all single and we hiked into the forest and read Winnie the Pooh to each other and had a lovely picnic. Very strange but a really great day we spent together showing love even though we weren't any of us IN love 😉

  9. Hi Michele,Yes this is the point I was showing here, while readingand having everyones mind in sync it really makes for a loving moment even though none of us were IN LOVE :DThanks for sharing GF:)

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