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Christina Rossettis The Convent Threshold. Write about the ways Rosseti tells the story in the convent threshold

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Write about the ways Rosseti tells the story in the convent threshold Christina Rossetti's 'The Convent Threshold', is a dramatic monologue thus letting Rossetti make the narrator seem torn between her earthly love and spiritual fervor as we are able to see her view point exactly. Rossetti's narrator directs her gaze to a chaste heaven, while her still unrepentant lover is preoccupied with his life now on earth. Therefore the reader understands that it is her choice between him and heaven, yet she can not envision the afterlife without him being in it, 'Only my lips still turn to you, My livid lips that cry, Repent!' ...read more.

Middle

The poem breaks out of the regular iambic tetrameters of which it starts, Rossetti uses opening trochees in the lines, 'Stair after golden skyward stair' and 'Mount with me, mount the kindled stair', through the shift in metre, the speaker highlights the effort needed to break out of the expected patterns set by the world. Within the poem her struggle to break free of her past and prepare herself to enter heaven without feeling a 'pitiful pang' for her lover is reflected through the metre. This is stressed when she speaks with a sense of urgency, the metre changes to mirror her tone. ...read more.

Conclusion

At first it seems the couple must separate in order to enter heaven. The "far-off city grand" does not contain any lovers, only "the righteous" who sing hymns. Couples singing "love-music" are strongly allied with the earthly realm. She begs her lover to "repent with me, for I repent," rather than claiming a need for an end to the lovers' relationship, the narrator asks for a conversion of it from physical to spiritual love. At the end of the poem, she offers the possibility, previously unmentioned, of a union in heaven 'There we shall meet as once we met, And love with old familiar love.' ...read more.

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