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Remember”

by Christina Georgina Rossetti


POEM ANALYSIS
by Erold Joseph G. Morada
“Remember”
by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,


Gone far away into 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 plann’d:
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.
A. BIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHOR
• Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830-
December 29, 1894) was an English poet who
wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and
children’s poems. She is famous for writing
“Goblin Market and Remember”, and the
words of the Christmas carol “In the Bleak
Midwinter”.
Early life and education
• Christina was born in Charlotte Street (now 105
Hallam Street), London, to Gabrielle Rossetti, a
painter and a political exile from Vasto, Abruzzo,
and Frances Polidori, the sister of Lord Byron’s
friend and physician, John William Polidori. She
had two brothers and a sister: Dante became an
influential artist and poet, and William and Maria
both became writers. Christina, the youngest,
was a lively child. She dictated her first story to
her mother before she had learned to write.
• Rossetti was educated at home by her mother
and father, who had her study religious works,
classics, fairy tales and novels. The influence
of the work of Dante Alighieri, Petrarch and
other Italian writers filled the home and
would have a deep impact on Rossetti’s later
writing.
Career
• Rossetti began writing down and dating her poems
from 1842, mostly imitating her favoured poets. From
1847 she began experimenting with verse forms such
as sonnets, hymns and ballad; drawing narratives from
the Bible, folk tales and the lives of the saints. Her early
pieces often feature meditations on death and loss, in
the Romantic tradition. She published her first two
poems (“Death’s Chill Between” and “Heart’s Chill
Between”), which appeared in the Athenaeum, in 1848
when she was 18. Under the pen-name “Ellen Alleyne”,
she contributed to the literary magazine, The Germ.
This marked the beginning of her public career and
later on, contributed a lot in writings
Meaning of Stylistics and Style

• The author’s style in writing is through iambic


pentameter sonnet. It is composed of 14
lines. It is a Petrarchan sonnet or in Italian
structure of writing because stanzas are
divided into a group of 8 lines (OCTAVE) and
group of 6 lines (SESTET).
Phonological

Rhyme scheme at the end of each line:

First Stanza (composed of 8 lines)

Rhyme Scheme Pattern: ABBA ABBA

• Remember me when I am gone away. (1st line)


• Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. (4th line)
• Remember me when no more day by day. (5TH line)
• It will be late to counsel then or pray. (8th line)
• Gone far away into silent land; (2ND line)
• When you can no more hold me by the hand,
(3rd line)
• You tell me of our future that you plann’d: (6th
line)
• Only remember me; you understand (7TH line)
Second Stanza (composed of 6 lines)
Rhyme Scheme Pattern: CDD ECE
• Yet if you should forget me for a while (1st line)
• Better by far you should forget and smile (5th line)

• And afterwards, remember, do not grieve: (2ND line)


• For if the darkness and corruption leave (3rd line)

• A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, (4th line)


• Than that you should remember and be sad. (6th line)
Repetition of words:
First Stanza
• Remember me when I am gone away, (1st line)
• Remember me when no more day by day (5th
line)
• Only remember me; you understand (7th line)
• Second Stanza
• Yet if you should forget me for a while (1st line)
• Better by far you should forget and smile (5th line)

• And afterwards, remember, do not grieve: (2nd line)


• Than that you should remember and be sad. (6th line)

• Better by far you should forget and smile (5TH line)


• Than that you should remember and be sad. (6th line)
Catch Repetition
• Remember me when I am gone away,
• Gone far away into silent land;
Alliteration
First Stanza
• When you can no more hold me by the hand,
(3rd line)
• Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. (4th line)
Second Stanza
• Than that you should remember and be sad.
(6th line)
b. Graphological
Spelling
• You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Fond of using Punctuation Marks such as Colons, Semi-
colons and Commas
First Stanza
• Remember me when I am gone away, (1st line)
• Gone far away into silent land; (2nd line)
• When you can no more hold me by the hand, (3rd line)
• You tell me of our future that you plann’d: (6th line)
Second Stanza
• And afterwards, remember, do not grieve: (2nd line)
• A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, (4th line)
c. Lexico-Semantic
Metaphor

• Gone far away into silent land; (2nd line; 1st stanza)
(The silent land refers to heaven)

• For if the darkness and corruption leave (3rd line; 2nd stanza)
• A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, (4th line; 2nd stanza)

• (Death, longingness, sadness and grief are being compared to


darkness and corruption. It is a metaphor. The writer used figurative
language to change or inprove the emotional colouring of the text
and to emphasize the needed emotion in the poem that the
reader’s should be felt)
d. Syntactic
Stylistic Inversion

• And afterwards, remember, do not grieve: (2nd line; 2nd stanza)


• Better by far you should forget and smile (5th line; 2nd stanza)

• (It is a non-typical structure of words. There is a violation of the regular words order in a sentence.)

Ellipsis
• Only remember me; you understand
• (It seems that the sentence is incomplete. To maintain the poem’s tempo, the writers keep omitting
some words if necessary as their style of writing and in order to maintain their specific format or
structure.)

Passive Voice

• When you can no more hold me by the hand, (3rd line; 1ST stanza)
III. THEME
• The author’s theme in writing her literary piece is already
being said in the title “Remember” which means
remembrance. It extends the idea of death, love and
longingness. The poem refers to a journey of a woman who
still wants to be remembered by her special someone even
when she’s gone on earth. She insists that she has to be
remembered no matter what. She keeps on worrying that
sooner or later, her presence will not remember anymore.
What she wanted for her special someone is to reminisce
their moments together. She wanted him to remember
how they hold each other’s arm and talk each other about
future’s plan. She wanted him to remember the love
they’ve shared and reminisce their happy moments
together.
IV. CONCLUSION
• I have realized that it’s hard to let go of someone who
gave you so much things to remember. It’s painful to
imagine that after all the memories you have shared,
there will come to a point that you have to continue
your life alone and do things that should supposed to
be you’re doing together. It’s hard to accept that after
all the things you’ve been through; you can no longer
be with the person who gave you so many things to
remember. Continuing life without your loved ones is
not an ideal life at all. Saying goodbye is the hardest
part when someone means a lot to you and already
became a part of you.