The Lyrical Poetry of An Icon of the Victorian Age
Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) came from an extraordinarily talented family, most notably her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who was one of the foremost poets and painters of the Victorian era. By her sixteenth birthday, Christina had written over fifty poems, which were privately printed and circulated. Her poetry was first commercially published 1849 in The Germ, a literary and cultural journal founded by members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which her brother Dante helped to found. Christina was also a member of the avant-garde Brotherhood. “Echo” was written in 1854 and first published in Goblin Market and Other Poems in 1862.
Rossetti, along with Elizabeth Barrett Browning, today is lauded as a major influence on modern poetry and one of the most important women poets of her own era.