Christina Rossetti’s “By Way of Remembrance”: Address, Intertextuality, and Abiding Self- Scrutiny MATTHEW VANWINKLE hristina Rossetti’s quartet of sonnets “By Way of Remembrance” re- Cmained unpublished during her lifetime; it first appears in the posthu - mous New Poems of 1896. In the preface to the comprehensive Poetical Works of 1904, Christina’s brother and editor, William Michael Rossetti, mordantly observes that his decision to bring forward so much previously withheld mate- rial was met with no small degree of suspicion: “with regard to the volume . . . which I edited in 1896 after my sister’s death, it has been alleged by some critics that I raked together all that I could find, however indifferent in several in - stances, and presented all to the public, who would gladly have dispensed with many.” Protesting that he left in manuscript “a considerable number of com- positions that were at [his] disposal,” William goes on to identify eleven pieces in New Poems that he considers “to be up to the level of Christina Rossetti’s best work . . . more especially” (PW, p. vii). “By Way of Remembrance” makes this select list. William also lists this brief sonnet sequence among poems
Victorian Poetry – West Virginia University Press
Published: Jul 6, 2018
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