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S. Avery

No, Thank You John: "What this poem asserts is a woman's right to say 'no', and to claim independence and agency for herself. Certainly, she is not to be bullied into a relationship because a man or social convention more generally demands it."

From the Antique: "These initial lines, with their austere word choice, are uncompromising in their analysis of woman's place in society."

Winter: My Secret: "an intriguing poem about what is not said, where the speaker skilfully withholds power and control. The game is hers and she will only 'tell' when and if she chooses."

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D. Henwood

"Rossetti was not diverted from her self-repressive religious mode long enough to produce more than a handful of poems free from the thematic 'transparency' and doctrinal limitations."

3

R. M. Kachur

"The tension between Rossetti's High Church Anglican orthodoxy and feminist sensibilities continues to lie at the heart of critical questions being posed about her corpus."

4

B. Sullivan

"Much of Rossetti's poetry - both 'devotional' and 'secular' - arises from her conception of nature and the human self as entities which are forever poised between self-assertion and self-destruction."

"Her natural imagery often suggests the complexities of the human self - the hope, love and creative energy that must be both expressed and repressed, that offer us meaningfulness but deny us fulfilment."

5

M. Skoczek

"For Rossetti's women the mask/veil is often a form of protection which enables the woman to observe without herself being seen, to maintain some degree of inner personal integrity."

"The wearing of a mask becomes vital, preventing the revelation of the unconforming living woman underneath - in short, the unacceptable."

6

William Rossetti

She "was an almost constant and often a sadly-smitten invalid"

"In innate character she was vivacious, and open to pleasurable impressions [...] What came to pass was of course quite the contrary."

7

Rossetti

"I have learnt since to control my feelings - and no doubt you will!"

"I know my aims in writing to be pure, and directed to that which is true and right."