A Close Analysis Of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

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This essay will proffer a close analysis of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, and focalize on subversions of sexuality present within the poem. The moment of production of the poem will be considered in order to assess how the poem transgresses against Victorian society’s moral codes. The poetical techniques employed will be analyzed to uncover implications of sex and sexuality in order to explore layers of meaning. The form of Goblin Market is analogous to the chaotic nature of the content within the poem. Rossetti engages several poetical techniques to compose this confusion and construct layers of allusions. The meter, for instance, is irregular with frequent subversions. This disruption creates an effect of confusion. The irregular rhyme scheme (subverting the general ABAB pattern) and the recurring use of enjambment add to this confusion. Additionally, Rossetti employs similes and metonymy to indirectly depict notions of sexuality. When the speaker in the poem refers to “goblin juices” the term could be metonymic for semen. The reappearing use of…show more content…
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