Analysis Of “Uphill” By Christina Rossetti

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Analysis of "Uphill" by Christina Rossetti"Uphill" by Christina Rossetti is an allegory about life and death. Rossetti is considered one of the finest religious poets of her time and her many spiritual beliefs are conveyed in her poem "Uphill". H.B. de Groot said, "Undeniably, her strong lyric gifts are often held in check by her moral and theological scruples" (Groot). The dialogue style Rossetti uses mimics the parables told by Jesus in The Bible. In "Overview of Christina (Georgina) Rossetti" one author stated that during her adult life, Rossetti turned down two marriage proposals, due to her strong religious convictions. Instead of marrying, she used her convictions to script eloquent poetry that reaffirms faith for the faithful and provides faith for the hopeless. Rossetti's use of metaphors, symbols, and biblical allusions in "Uphill" conveys the idea of life and death and represents the difficult journey to salvation and the promise of eternal life in heaven.In "Uphill," Rossetti uses metaphors to invite the reader to draw comparisons between one's journey through life, death, and eternal rest. The first question and answer the speaker mentions is a metaphor to depict the road being traveled, conveying that it is difficult and long, much like life: "Does the road wind up-hill all the way?/Yes, to the very end" (Rossetti 1-2). In lines five and seven the speaker develops the metaphor of night and darkness to mean death: "But is there for the night a resting-place?/May not the darkness hide it from my face" (5/7)? The speaker seems doubtful and unsure about the process of death and provokes the speaker to ask questions about the after-life. Assurance of such a place is found in line eight when the inn is used as a metaphor to describe heave, a place that: "You cannot miss…" (8).The author uses symbols to assist the reader by evoking a deeper subconscious meaning of one's uphill trek towards heaven. The title of the poem "Uphill" serves as a symbol for the difficulties encountered along the speaker's journey. In lines six and eight the words roof and inn are symbols for the security felt, "…when the slow dark hours begin./You cannot miss that inn" (6/8). Rossetti uses the word bed in lines fifteen and sixteen to represent the final resting place for those seeking eternal life in heaven: "Will there be beds for me and all who seek?/Yea, beds for all who come (15-16). Beds invoke feelings of comfort and warmth and peace. The speaker hopes to find the same comfort and peace in heaven with an eternal place to sleep.The Biblical allusions Rossetti uses in the poem help the reader understand what happens after death. Matthew 7:14 explains that the path to salvation will be difficult and long and is referenced in line three when the speaker asks how long the day's journey will take: "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and...

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