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Christina Rossetti’s poem Remember. Timeless Victorian Gothic verse


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Remember me when I am gone away,

Gone far away into the silent land;

When you can no more hold me by the hand,

Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.


Remember me when no more day by day

You tell me of our future that you planned:

Only remember me; you understand

It will be late to counsel then or pray.


Yet if you should forget me for a while

And afterwards remember, do not grieve:

For if the darkness and corruption leave

A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,


Better by far you should forget and smile

Than that you should remember and be sad.

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Type of Poem = a Petrachan, or Italian sonnet of 14 lines - containing two distinct sections: the first 8 lines being called the 'octave' and the remaining 6, the 'sestet.' The boundary between these two sections, called the Volta, often accompanies a turn or change of direction in the meaning of the piece as a whole.

Rhyme Scheme = ABBA ABBA for the octave, then CDD ECE for the sestet.

Meter = iambic pentameter (5 pairs of unstressed and stressed syllables per line)

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