Bitter for Sweet – Christina Rossetti

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:

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.

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