Rossetti, Song

Facing death and thinking about death appears to be a common theme in Rossetti’s writing. The narrator is again facing death and asks the reader to “sing no sad songs for me.” The irony is that the narrator requests that her love sings no sad songs for her, perhaps because she is fully capable of singing these sad songs on her behalf, all by herself. This seems to be quite intentional on the part of the author since this piece is entitled “song.” Perhaps this is too cynical of an interpretation because this poem is not so much a song in praise of herself but rather one with her final wishes. The narrator wants to become part of the earth where like nature some things are occasionally remembered, occasionally forgotten, and occasionally overlooked.

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