Sweet Death

Christina Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849 February
Rhyme: a3b5b4a5 c4c3a5b3
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric


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Scholarly Commentary


As with all of CR's poems published in The Germ, this short piece appeared pseudonymously as the work of “Ellen Alleyn”. It was first reprinted in CR's Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862).

Textual History: Composition

February 1849

Printing History

First printed in The Germ 3, page 117.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1