Day 1

Christina Rossetti: Poems Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    There are two imagined moments in "Death's Chill Between." What are they, and how are they different or similar?

    The speaker first imagines what her future will be like now that her love has died. She reassures the addressee (who we later glean is her Mother) that she will not make any moan and that "None shall say: 'she could not bear.'" She imagines that she will be strong, but that her life will not be long.

    She then imagines, in an episode much more recognizable as fantasy, that her love has come back. She imagines that he knocks on the door, is brought in, and that she is able to care for him and look after him.

    The first imagined moment is of a time (the future) that...

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