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Rossetti's poetry was widely accepted and appreciated from the beginning. Since her work, on the surface at least, was largely a reflection of Victorian primness and Anglican faith, it had no trouble making its way into the hearts and the libraries of the literary highbrows of the times. She was regarded as an important figure in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and even those who criticized the rebellious nature of the brotherhood's painters turned a kinder eye toward the gentle, shy, and extremely pious poet.

In his article, "Christina Rossetti: A Reconsideration," critic Robert N. Keane notes that Rossetti "has been regarded by many as Britain's finest poet, yet her work has seldom been studied for its own sake." Instead, it was often thought of only in terms of its relationship to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, or in comparison to possibly the most popular female Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. But...

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