Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1881
Rhyme: a4b4b4a4c4d4c4d3
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric

Scholarly Commentary


The poem is a close companion piece to nearly all the poems DGR printed in the “Lyrics &c.” section of Ballads and Sonnets. Compare especially “Spheral Change”, “Alas, So Long”, and “Adieu”. The final stanza's reference to the “one true goal” of his faith, hope, and love distinctly recalls the final stanza of “The House of Life”, “The One Hope”.

Textual History: Composition

This is a late poem, composed in 1881. A fragment of the first stanza is drafted into the small Notebook III in the British Library, and another fragmentary piece of that stanza is preserved in a miscellaneous manuscript collection at Princeton.. The printer's copy manuscript is also at Princeton.

Printing History

First published in the first edition of the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets, collected thereafter.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 10-1881.raw.xml