Who doesn’t love the work of Christina Rossetti? This great poetess left us with a big legacy. Poetry that is still considered to be as beautiful and inspiring as the day she wrote her words down. This poem, Remember, is just one of the fine examples of her work.
About the poem
This poem was written in 1862 and is a Petrarchan sonnet. The title (Remember) is repeated several times in the poem, thus making it even more important to Rossetti. We can assume that the one who tells this story is in fact the poetess. With this poem, she speaks about her love en encourages him to remember her after she is gone (died). Because of the usage of the word Remember, it seems as if she feels that there might come a day, when her love forgets her.
Why death? Simple, the metaphors used in this poem are referrences to death. Take for instance the words silent land. This is the loneliness after someone dies.
Should she be worried? It’s the question many of us have, when it comes to dying. Will someone remember me, after I am gone? Rossetti finally gives the answer; when memories fade, it’s ok.
By Christina Rossetti
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 plann’d:
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.
We are always interested in your work. In this case, we would like to see your visions of the moment when you have to say goodbye to your loved one(s). Amaze us, with your work!