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Appropriately enough. Rossetti is not interested in creating the kind of stylistic fireworks one might find. Every question raised in this poem has an immediate and simple answer.
Up-Hill By Christina Rossetti.
We think you have liked this presentation. If you wish to download it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. Share buttons are a little bit lower. Thank you! Published by Percival Miller Modified over 3 years ago. Does the road wind up-hill all the way? But is there for the night a resting-place?
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? Up-hill was immensely popular with early readers. Why do you think that so many people enjoyed this particular poem? Up-hill was the first poem that Rossetti contributed to the magazine but, after its publication, she contributed several more. By having samples of her work printed in periodicals such as Macmillan's Magazine, Rossetti widened her readership significantly.
More on periodicals: Macmillan's Magazine was founded in and was one of the most significant literary and intellectual periodicals of the Victorian era. A periodical is a magazine which is issued at regular intervals throughout the year. The Victorian period saw a rise in the publication and readership of periodicals as literacy widened and the growing middle classes had more leisure time.
Periodicals often contained serialised fiction, poetry, articles and reviews. Rossetti wrote poetry for several literary and intellectual periodicals during her career. The insistent questioning of the speaker, coupled with an uncertainty about how readers are to interpret the answers that are given, means bringing to the poem one's own experiences and beliefs.
How do you understand them? Throughout her poetry, Rossetti uses the image of day to symbolise life and night to symbolise death.
It is possible that the speaker is asking whether life will get any easier once more experience has been gained It could be understood to indicate the journey that some believe everyone faces after death. This reading corresponds with the doctrine of purgatory. More on purgatory: For centuries, Catholics have believed that there are three realms that souls can go to after death: heaven, hell and purgatory. They taught that purgatory is a place that souls go in order to prepare for heaven and receive cleansing for their sins.
However, the notion of rest does not fit smoothly into the idea of receiving punishment. What do you think? The idea that rest from the difficult labours of life can be found beyond the grave is one that the New Testament writerJohn considers in Revelation, the last book of the Bible. In these circumstances, how comforting is it to meet other people who are in the same situation? With which of the speaker's questions do you most sympathise?
How comforting are the answers she receives, do you think? By not including speech marks, Rossetti incorporates the conversation into the poem itself and structures the poem around it. This gives rise to the interpretation that it is Jesus who speaks and comforts. Rossetti's original readership would be familiar with a conversation recorded by the gospel of John.
I no longer call you servants, because servants do not know their master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer, with which Rossetti would have been familiar, contains several brief catechisms for the services of baptism and confirmation.
By basing Up-hill on a question and answer format, Rossetti not only creates a conversational tone but also offers an imitation of the style contained in The Book of Common Prayer. By adopting an informal and intimate style, she appropriates the formal aspect of the catechism and makes it relevant for the contemporary Christian. By having the traveller ask the questions and a Christ-like voice answer them, she turns the structure of the catechism around and reinforces the notion that reassurance can be found when it is sought.
What indications can you find to suggest that the tone of the conversation is informal? Can you identify any signs that the speaker asks the questions in a state of panic? Compare the tone of the questioner to the tone of the respondent.
In each verse, the first and the third lines are given as questions and the second and fourth as answers. This conversational format is a feature of several poems included in Goblin Market and Other Poems. However, whereas those poems contain lines of dialogue, in Up-hill, by incorporating the conversation into such a tight structure, Rossetti leaves its meaning more open to the interpretation of the reader. Using very simple words to conclude each line, the strong masculine rhymes are emphasised.
The simplicity of the rhyming words conceals the difficult subjects of life, death and eternity which are alluded to. The abab scheme suggests a movement that is ongoing but not straight-forward. The patterned repetition can be seen to reflect the winding or spiralling upward of the hill that the speaker describes. It is also reminiscent of the scheme used in a traditional ballad.
Alternating between pentameter and trimeter lines, meaning that each line has either five or three stresses, the rhythm that the poem creates is regular, replicating the ongoing pace with which the speaker climbs the hill she describes.
By breaking out of the regular iambic rhythm with which she loosely structures the poem, Rossetti emphasises certain phrases and draws attention to the sections of the speech which are uttered more passionately than others. What does the regular and formal looking structure suggest?
Re-read the poem aloud and identity places in which the iambic metre is broken How does this affect the way the poem is read or understood? What does it reveal about the questioner or the respondent? However, that there is actually a road leading up the hill indicates that plenty of others have already taken the route that is being contemplated. The speaker will not have to carve or find her own path since it has already been revealed to her. The road can be interpreted as: Literally, as a long walk to an unseen destination Metaphorically, as representing the path that life takes A pathway and Journey of faith.
Literally, the fact that it stands out in the darkness of the night indicates that the light that it sheds is powerful and will not be overpowered. Against the context of the Bible, the idea of a place of welcome and rest echoes two allusions: 1.
Jesus comforts his disciples with the promise: My Father's house has plenty of room; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? John 2. The inn which Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary sought for rest and a chance to give birth to Jesus.
If the poem is to be understood in a Christian context, Rossetti can be seen to take the image of the door from two references in the New Testament: 1. In Luke Jesus encourages people to turn to God with their concerns: So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. In the last book of the New Testament, Revelation Jesus is depicted as a friend ready to share with those who ask for him: Here I am!
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them and they with me.
In Up-hill, the one knocking at the door is not Jesus but the traveller. However, the responsibility for creating an environment in which the door is ready to be opened lies with the individual - it is the speaker's choice whether or not to persevere on the journey in time to reach the inn. The image of beds indicates rest, comfort, shelter and security. After a long struggle, the idea of resting is all that the speaker can look forward to. What images do you find the most surprising?
Moving upwards Throughout her poetry, Rossetti draws on the imagery of flames, mountains, stairs and hills to emphasise the upward progression of the spiritual journey.
She suggests that the journey to heaven is one of continuous upward movement in that the soul is moved upwards away from the earth and its pleasures as it learns more of God and of heaven. In Up-hill, Rossetti emphasises the idea that the upward progression of the soul is not a simple and easy process. Lots of distractions, concerns and doubts can weigh a person down and the upward movement can turn into one of struggle instead of one of joy. Doubt The speaker's questions all arise from a sense of uncertainty and doubt.
The incessant questioning is short and simple and the answers received often serve to create more questions. It is not a poem which expands on certain doctrines or ideas. HW: Produce a detailed plan and write the introduction. There will be a final state of the soul after the intermediate state which follows death. The final state is greater even than the intermediate stage.
The rules may describe such aspects as the rhythm or meter of the. Our Need for Peace April 3. Think about this … What kinds of situations give you the most peace? Jesus gives us true peace — Today we study how Jesus. God cannot lie, and He cannot make a mistake. He is perfect. So we know that His Word, the Bible, was written down exactly the way. Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.
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The road - In Up-hill , the road symbolises the journey the speaker takes. However, that there is actually a road leading up the hill indicates that plenty of others have already taken the route that is being contemplated. The speaker will not have to carve or find her own path since it has already been revealed to her. Literally, the fact that it stands out in the darkness of the night indicates that the light that it sheds is powerful and will not be overpowered. Against the context of the Bible, the idea of a place of welcome and rest echoes two allusions:.
Up-Hill Stanza-Wise Summary
Poems that depict struggle are, generally speaking, poems that are universal. Everyone struggles in some capacity or the other, and this is hardly something that the average person needs a particular art form to tell them. Christina Rossetti was no stranger to struggle in life, and her poem, Up-hill , seems to call up her perspective on the concept. It imagines a conversation told in such a way that the reader can easily hear one side or the other coming out of their own thought process, and relating to it one way or the other. Up-hill is written in a common style for poetry; it consists of four verses with four lines each.
Over the course of a journey, the narrator asks her guide eight questions about the road ahead. The narrator asks if the roads are all up-hill and if the journey will take all day. The guide replies in the affirmative.
The poem is a metaphor for the journey of life, from birth to death. Similarly, the journey of life from birth to death is also very difficult and full of hardships. Just as one has to work hard to climb a hill, similarly in life one has to face problems and overcome them.
The poem Up-Hill is written by Christina Rossetti who is best known for her ballads and her mystic religious lyrics. Born on 5 th December, , Rossetti started writing from an early age and today, she is regarded as a major Victorian poet. The poem is in a question-answer form.
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Poem: Up-Hill by Christina Rossetti. TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS 1. Answer the following questions: a) What is the main theme of the poem.