Goblin Market is one of the masterpieces of Christina Georgina Rossetti, composed in 1859 and was published in 1862 in Goblin Market and Other Poems. She was an English poet in Victorian era, a period when Bible was chiefly and frequently read and people were too religious. Also, it was the time of sexual repression, to enjoy or to talk about sexual passion was considered a sin. Moreover, women were confined to their home and education was denied, it was an era of male dominance. The poem might seem to be a fairy tale about two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, and their misadventures with the goblin men, but it is very complicated. A deeper exploration is essential to decode her metaphors, as she has used a wide range of metaphors since this poem was simply intended as a fairy tale.
When it comes to Rossetti’s Goblin Market, numerous critical approaches are offered. Feminists believed that this was an effort to reconstruct women’s roles and visions, they were also convinced that it had a strong message of hero creation. Not so, argued naturalists because Christina has used wide range of natural elements, and they validated this with her early life in the country and some argued she hinted the infiltration of women into capital market as she talks about trade and market. Some critics also speculated that she has incorporated the classic theme of temptation, fall, and redemption, which is quite obvious because Rossetti was a religious female. Her poem was also castigated for the extensive use of sexual language or perhaps it was just a fairy tale. But, if we deeply dig into the poem and her personal life we can find the hidden epic allegory. A profound analysis of her work will reveal the thematic interpretation of christian belief and sexual connotations.
In order to assay her work effectively we need to extend our view far down to her personal life. An assistant professor of English in Univesity of Tennessee, Everett, in his article The Life of Christina Rossetti reveals that Rossetti was a devout member of evangelical branch of the church of England and she inherited artistic tendencies from her father and religious beliefs from her mother. Her engagement with James Collinson ended just because he converted to Roman Chatholic and she refused to marry her long time friend Charles Cayley because she found that he was not a christian. From Everett’s article is clear that Rossetti is a very religious person and she could not tolerate people slipping from their religious stand point. Also, her works always celebrated Christianity because she wanted to promote Christian knowledge.
Rossetti spent most of her childhood days in the country, so she adheres to naturalism in her poem. She uses them primarily as metaphors since it is a language to express herself without actually exposing her original thoughts, and the readers are given a chance to explore. The fruits listed by Rossetti overwhelms us in the first place, but she is trying to create a...