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Have you read 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rossetti?

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I recently read 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rossetti to prepare some notes for a student of mine - a warning of the graphic content prior to the reading would have been very much appreciated.

Have you read 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rossetti? What did you make of it?

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No, I haven't. Do you recommend it?
It's only short and it is interestingly written and does promote a positive message, but it is quite confronting - at least it was for me. If you're ok with being confronted by the texts you read, then yes, I would recommend it.
by Vee
I read it in high school and have no recollection of the graphic content at all, but I do remember that I really enjoyed the story. It's a very quick read (only a small novella).
by Gwen
I haven't....
I'm half participating in a book challenge this year and have been trying to think of a poetry book to read - I might put this on the list now!
What do you mean by 'half participating'?
by Vee
Well, there's a long list of categories for books to read in the space of the year..... and I am struggling to find much time for reading so won't be able to cover all the categories. But I think being challenged to expand the types of books I read is great so I'm half participating :)
Aha, I see. Good luck with it. :)
by Vee
Not as yet
by Gia
No I'm not into graphic content in (some) areas.
Totally with you there.
by Vee
jonaj - it is actually more symbolic than graphic. It is really a very beautiful poem, and the individual reading it can come away with their own interpretation of it. Christina Rossetti also wrote my favourite carol "In the bleak midwinter".
by norma
I have not heard of this!
by Finy
LOL, neither had I until I read the NSW HSC syllabus for this year. Apparently Rossetti is well-known.
by Vee
Yes - I read it years ago when I was young. It is quite confronting and, at a more mature age, on re-reading it you have more understanding of the psychology of the poem. I thought it was really beautiful and sensual.
In Grades XI-XII, read poem(s) by her, in set book, 'The Poet's Pen', but the one of which you speak wouldn't have been permitted back in the late '60's School Curriculum!
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