The Blessed Damozel – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

 

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The Blessed Damozel” is perhaps the best known poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as the title of some of his best known paintings. The poem was first published in 1850 in the Pre-Raphaelite journal The Germ. Rossetti subsequently revised the poem twice and republished it in 1856, 1870 and 1873. [1]

The poem was partially inspired by Edgar Allan Poe‘s poem “The Raven“, with its depiction of a lover grieving on Earth over the death of his loved one. Rossetti chose to represent the situation in reverse. The poem describes Continue reading