Draw a picture of the goblin men, according to how they are described in Goblin Market.
Christina Rossetti's Life
Read the history of Christina Rossetti's life. Discuss in what ways her life story can corroborate the meanings of the poems, but not influence how they are read; in other words, discuss whether or not a poet's life determines the meaning of the poem, or if the poem itself does.
Scansion: Dream Land
Have students perform a scansion on Dream Land, noting any substitutions, inversions, elisions, or other metrical oddities. In what ways does the meter correspond to the content? What is interesting about the scansion?
Research and discuss the Victorian and Ancient Roman significations for various flowers, leaves, and vegetation.
Agriculture in Poetry
Find other examples of agricultural imagery being used in poetry. Relate these poems to those of Rossetti and discuss their similarities...
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