Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1878 (ca.)
Genre: epigram

Scholarly Commentary


These epigrammatic lines may have been written to be part of the poem that eventually gelled as “Soothsay”, but which DGR was writing in serial pieces over a number of years during the 1870s. Most of “Soothsay” was written in 1871, though he added pieces to it in subsequent years.

Printing History

The epigram was published by WMR as part of what he printed as a loose fragment of “Soothsay” (see his edition of 1911 (pages 241-242), where it is run in with another loose fragment of seven lines that was certainly written as part of DGR's projected “Soothsay”. Neither fragment found its way into the finished poem.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 15-1878.raw.xml