Remember – 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 planned:
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.

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One comment on “Remember – Christina Rossetti
  1. Profile photo of Felicity Hale says:

    The poet writes about after falling in love wants her partner to promise to keep her in mind after her death. She already sees their relationship as something to remember rather than to experience. However, the speaker cannot be in love without thinking of death. Instead of making plans for a house like a ‘normal’ couple today, the poet is planning the memories she wants her husband to have. She shows death as a place of silence, that she will never be able to return from, therefore the memories her husband keeps are important to her. She wants him to be happy and forget her rather than sad because he remembers her.

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