Pre-Raphaelites in The City: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI!

Dinah Roe

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI! (5 Dec, 1830)

We interrupt our regular Poetry Workshop broadcast with some breaking news: It’s Christina Rossetti’s birthday! She is 181 years young today. Celebrate old-school with John Gielgud’s gorgeous reading of one of her greatest poems, ‘A Birthday’. Take it away, Sir John.

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Pre-Raphaelites in the City

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This blog explores the thriving Victorian cities which inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, and were shaped by them in turn. While the Pre-Raphaelites produced poetry and art praising the natural world, most were born and raised in urban environments, and their work retained a cosmopolitan sensibility. Although this blog will sometimes take excursions into the countryside, its focus will remain on city life. If you want more information on images or sources, please get in touch.