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Christina Rossetti: Poems Lesson Plan

About the Author

Christina Georgina Rossetti was born in London on December 5th 1830. She was the fourth child of Gabriele and Frances Rossetti, who already had two sons and a daughter. Gabriele Rossetti had been exiled from Italy for his support of revolutionary nationalism and was now a professor of Italian and a Dante Scholar at King’s College in London. His wife, born Frances Polidori, was the English-Italian daughter of John William Polidori, an author and Lord Byron's physician. Although Gabriele was a Roman Catholic, he allowed his wife to raise their children in the Anglican church.

All four Rossetti children developed artistic and literary inclinations; Maria Francesca wrote about Dante...

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