Monna Innominata

Monna Innominata
The poem "Monna Innominata" is also known under the titles “I wish I could remember the first day” and “The first day.” What better way to start the new year with this poem. Since this first day is the beginning of something new.

The poem Monna Innominata is also known under the titles “I wish I could remember the first day” and “The first day.” What better way to start the new year with this poem. Since this first day is the beginning of something new.

Monna Innominata

I wish I could remember the first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me;
If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or winter for aught I can say.
So unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to foresee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.
If only I could recollect it! Such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow.
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much!
If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand! – Did one but know!

— Christina Rossetti

Monna Innominata

 

The title refers to the unknown lady. This isn’t just one woman. These are the Laura’s and Beatrice’s of this world. Rossetti, being a feminist, wanted to give an answer to the male-dominated literary world. In this poem, she does not only focus the attention on women who deserve to be in the spotlights. She also brings forward her story about a first love and the love that is lost. She wants to hold on, yet she can’t.

The poetess regrets she did not find this first day more special. This is a recollection of the bruised mind caught in a beautiful poem.

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Title
Monna Innominata
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Monna Innominata
Summary
A poem that gives a voice to the Laura's and Beatrice's of this world.
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The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

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