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By Dinah Roe

This new research specializes in the severely ignored region of Rossetti's devotional poetry and her prose, supplying a serious intervention within the feminist building of a huge Victorian lady poet.

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Thus, when he considers the matter in his heart, he realizes that God is more powerful than man, and writes that ‘God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil’ (12:14). The message of ‘“Consider the Lilies of the Field”’ conflates New Testament redemptive promise and Ecclesiastes’ wisdom. Rossetti, although undoubtedly aware of the typical reading of Solomon as representing the failure of a world without a messiah and at the same time 24 Christina Rossetti’s Faithful Imagination prefiguring Christ, chooses instead to address a different aspect of Solomon’s incapacity.

In Time Flies (1885), Rossetti makes explicit her interpretation of Ecclesiastes. She is more sympathetic to Solomon than was Isaac Williams; she remarks on the success of his wisdom, ‘Solomon, who discreetly choosing “a wise and understanding heart”,19 received it with the “riches and honour”20 which he asked not’ (TF 18). Her quotation of 1 Kings 3:12 is significant because the complete verse 12 resists the typical view of Solomon as a precursor to Christ when God tells him, ‘there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee’.

The work of the PRB looked longingly back toward the chivalric ideal of love in an idealized feudal England, which was enjoying a revival whose literary landmarks included Sir Walter Scott’s ‘medieval’ novels, Ivanhoe (1820) and The Talisman (1825), and Thomas Carlyle’s Past and Rossetti’s Keatsian Heritage 33 Present (1843). J. M. 9 For the Pre-Raphaelite painters, this meant a wider choice of subject matter, as the ‘intensity’ of what was depicted became as important as what actually was depicted.

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