Christina Rossetti is probably best known for her poem Goblin Market, her love poem Remember and she also wrote the words of the Christmas carol – In the Bleak Midwinter. She was the daughter of Italian poet Gabrielle Rossetti and sister to poet and artist Dante Rossetti who was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. She sat for several of his most famous paintings. You can read more about her life here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/christina-rossetti.
Today I have chosen her poem Bitter for Sweet, I thought it apt for this time of the year as sadly, our Summer has almost gone.
Bitter for Sweet – Christina Rossetti
Summer is gone with all its roses,
Its sun and perfumes and sweet flowers,
Its warm air and refreshing showers:
And even Autumn closes.
Yea, Autumn’s chilly self is going,
And Winter comes which is yet colder;
Each day the hoar-frost waxes bolder
And the last buds cease blowing.