Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Great Regulars: The sisters in the poem, Lizzie and Laura,

are tempted by the magical and dangerous fruit the goblins sell as they trudge along the glenside. Lizzie instinctively fears and resists them, but Laura barters a curl of her golden hair in exchange for a feast. The tale clearly invites an allegorical reading. Lizzie's warnings reiterate the fate of Jeanie, a young bride-to-be who died after tasting the fruit prematurely, before her marriage.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti


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