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Meaning

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  • Initially poet wishes to be remembered
  • But then advises that she’s forgotten so his lover can be happy and move on
  • Explores themes of love & sacrifice
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Imagery #1

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“silent land”

  • Metaphor + Euphemism
    • Death and loneliness without her lover
  • Calm, peaceful afterlife
    • Lessens pain of her departure for her lover
  • OR unnerving image
    • Lack of sound = speaker’s senses will be deadened
      • Afterlife = lonely with no one to speak to or to hear her
      • Quite unchristian
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Imagery #2

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“For if the darkness and corruption leave / A vestige of the thoughts that once I had”

  • Quite unchristian death
    • Death = lacking light and full of decay
  • “corruption”
    • Used in its archaic form (means process of becoming rotten)
      • Speaker’s body decaying in grave
  • “vestige (a little) of the thoughts”
    • Soul living on after death
    • OR spiritual presence or echo of her
      • Even this tiny part of soul would want her Beloved to be happy
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Tone #1

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Poignant, fearful tone

“Remember me”

  • Imperative
    • Clear/direct request
    • Shows authority + power
  • Repetition
    • Instruction repeated = forms a refrain
      • Reduces its power = makes poet seem uncertain or desperate about being heard
      • Shows her anxiety
  • “me”
    • Personal pronouns
      • Very personal, emotional poem
      • Subject matter = important
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Tone #2

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Volta (line 9)

  1. Contradicts theme of poem
    1. = Reflecting mood
      1. Speaker not at peace
    2. Speaker becomes hopeful
      1. Should move on

Optimistic tone: “Better by far you should forget and smile”

  • “Better by far” = Change in her thoughts
    • Decides she would sacrifice lasting memory of her = = in return for her lover’s contentment
  • Compensates & relieves herself
    • Advises reader what to do when she’s gone
  • “smile”
    • Encapsulates hope for Beloved’s future
      • Contrasts with her own expected death, decay and eradication from memory
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Structure #1

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Petrarchan Sonnet

  • Form used to offer opportunity for poem to change direction of its thoughts at end of octave
  • Traditionally written by aristocratic men to show off their literately skills & addressed to woman
    • Reverses tradition: believes women able to speak & feel as passionately about love as men
    • = poem love + about death and memory
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Structure #2

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  • BBA rhyme scheme twice
  • But then instead of using CDE twice = pattern changes to CDDECE
    • = Meaning and message of poem change in sestet to idea of forgetting and being happy
    • Rather than instructions to remember
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Comparisons 3x

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  • ‘War Photographer’
  • ‘My Last Duchess’
  • ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’
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‘War Photographer’

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  • About capturing death and destruction but with photographs
    • Wants people to notice and remember
    • Whereas Rossetti decides forgetting is better
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‘My Last Duchess’

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Male voice remembering dead lover while female voice instructing forgetfulness of herself

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‘Do not go gentle into that good night’

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  • Thomas pleads with father to fight against death
  • Rossetti accepts inevitability of death