O thou who art not as I am

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1850
Rhyme: abbaab
Meter: iambic tetrameter
Genre: lyric


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the Virginia Fair Copy Manuscript Text.

Scholarly Commentary


The lyric is inserted as part of the story “St. Agnes of Intercession”. In that context, the poem is clearly fucntioning as a parodic text. To the degree that DGR's story is itself a parodic treatment of some of his own most cherished aesthetic preoccupations—as it most definitely is—this poem is a piece of comical self-reflection quite in the spirit of a later work like “Parted Love!”

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