• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain and discuss the themes presented in 'Goblin Market'. Show how Christina Rossetti uses language, imagery and poetic form to reinforce the themes.

Extracts from this document...


Explain and discuss the themes presented in 'Goblin Market'. Show how Christina Rossetti uses language, imagery and poetic form to reinforce the themes. Christina Rossetti's used her poetry to express herself; her work exhibits many autobiographical elements and from it the reader can discern Rossetti's emotions, beliefs and her comments on the society she lived in. As a female poet it would have been improper for Rossetti to deal directly with these issues though and so her ideas are masked through appearing to be children's poetry and having simple meanings. 'Goblin Market' superficially appears to a moral story about two sisters one of whom gives way to the temptation of the goblins forbidden fruits but through her poetic techniques Rossetti manages to embody her fears and desires. One of the desires Rossetti appears to have in this poem is for a relationship similar to that of Lizzie and Laura; the closing lines of the poem express the joys of having a sister "To fetch one if one goes astray", but Rossetti had only brothers. This theme of friendship is crucial to the plot of the poem and maybe Rossetti yearns for someone she can feel close to. ...read more.


Love is described in the 'Songs of Solomon' as being like "coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame" (Ch8.V9) and Lizzie revives Laura with "juice" that is like "wormwood to her tongue". Another interpretation of 'Goblin Market' is that it could be expressing Rossetti's fear of sexuality. The 'Goblin men' possibly represent men using women for their sexual desires and then discarding them, and it is easy to read sexual connotations into many of the lines in the poem. Laura: Sucked their fruit globes fair or red: Sweeter than honey from the rock. Stronger than man-rejoicing wine, Clearer than water flowed that juice; She never tasted such before, How should it cloy with length of use? She sucked and sucked and sucked the more Fruits which that unknown orchard bore; She sucked until her lips were sore . . . The language is semi-erotic and images of fruit are often used to represent fertility. Laura seems to gorge herself on the "fruits" but then is discarded by the "goblin men" and left wanting more but unable to find the goblins. ...read more.


"Curious Laura" gives way to the temptation of the goblins even though she knows the dangers while Lizzie runs from the goblins. The poem is possibly allegorical of Christina's relationship with Collinson whom she rejected on religious grounds; Lizzie saving her sister and could represent religion coming before love in Rossetti's life. 'Goblin Market' contains many of the key themes that appear throughout Rossetti's poetry. In typical Rossettian style it appears almost superfluous on first reading but subtexts hidden within it. The casual rhyming scheme suggests that the work is a aimed at being children's poetry but the issues it deals with are distinctly adult. Early in the poem Laura is described as "rearing her glossy head" and much later on Lizzie is referred to as being stubborn as a "horse"; this demonstrates that through repetition and subtle parallels Rossetti manages to show how both sisters are so similar and yet so far apart. Christina Rossetti's use of poetic devices allows 'Goblin Market' to work on several levels allowing her to write poetry both acceptable to the society she lived in while also allowing her to express herself. 1/3 Martin Adams, Goblin Market Essay ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Glass Menagerie section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Glass Menagerie essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Discuss the extent to which language creativity can be identified in everyday interaction in ...

    4 star(s)

    She is concerned that Aalliya finds her "costume" appropriate. Aalliya has a pink skirt on over her regular clothes; they both keep their "costumes" on throughout the video. This shows that they have also paid close attention to detail for costumes. Aalliya sometimes intervenes with a question or a concern.

  2. Important Symbols and Themes of The Glass Menagerie

    Tom, Laura and Amanda all seem to think, incorrectly I might add, that escape is possible. In the end, no character makes a clean break from the situation at hand. The escape theme demonstrated in the fire escape, the dance hall, Mr.

  1. How does David Lean explore the themes of "passion" and "repression" in Brief Encounter.

    Laura and Alec can be contrasted with the working class couple in this film (the woman who serves in the tearoom and her gentleman caller. Compared to them Laura and Alec's relationship is very constrained. They can hardly show any affection towards each other because it is socially unacceptable because

  2. tConsidering the opening two scenes of 'The Glass Menagerie', how effectively does Tennessee Williams ...

    the game were she is ' the darkey' and Laura is the 'Lady'. This shows how there was segregation and that image was critical in society. Reputation is most evident in scene two when Amanda finds out about Laura not attending Business College.

  1. How far is it possible to feel sympathy for Laura and not Hedda?

    Hedda's actions are a disruption to everyone's life. When thinking of what caused her to be so utterly rude, there is no reason that makes me feel as though Hedda should have sympathy felt for her. There are also other reasons why we should consider feeling sympathy for Laura.

  2. Laura Ashley Holdings plc - company overview

    One particular way Laura Ashley could do this is through a SWOT analysis. This reviews an organisation's internal strengths and weaknesses and opportunities and threats in the external environment (Cole, 1996). This may be done for a particular moment in time or as an overview encompassing the past and present.

  1. In Rossetti's 'Goblin Market' the forces of life and love are threatened by death ...

    This being taken away from her was as if the first part of her was already going, indeed, we soon hear of how her hair, a symbol of life 'grows thin and grey'. Rossetti was a devout Christian and I believe her roots in the Church are apparent in the

  2. "Brief Encounter" dealt with the issues of sexuality and desire by using a lot ...

    Talking of desire, it is interesting to note that although we see that both the central characters Laura and Alec have a desire to be with each other, we do not once see either Alec's family (his wife and children that he allegedly has got, the only way we know about them is because he claims to have them)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work