GradeSaver, 12 November 2013 Web. Sponsored Links Does the road wind up-hill all the way? If the poem is to be understood in a context, Rossetti can be seen to take the image of the door from two references in the : 1. The one who responds in the poem says it will be uphill all the way. Rossetti frames death as a form of respite after the tiring journey of life. The first voice is that of innocence and the secoond one is that of experience in both the cases. Already careworn, the weary traveler wonders if life grows easier as she grows older. Up-hill, the road symbolizes the journey the speaker takes.
Yea, beds for all who come. She uses repetition to emphasize how important it is for her loved one to remember her even after she passes away. Many of the classics of English poetry are written in iambic pentameter: five stresses per line. It would allow her lover to be happy, and the speaker overcomes her own fear of being forgotten to admit that this would be an ideal situation for them. Of labour you shall find the sum.
This is a strange line of thought — the idea of an inn, after all, is for anyone to find shelter, and an inn is constructed with nomads in mind. Wiley and sons press, 2006. At the inn, the narrator asks if the other travelers would prefer for her to knock or call out. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Yes, beds for all who come. Beds invoke feelings of comfort and warmth and peace.
It seems that, in the poem, Rossetti expresses near certainty that death is a relief of life; however, I think that the main point of the poem is that life is a journey, and will always be one. If we wanted, it is possible for us to combine more than one of these readings, so that the general, technical, and informative readings are used together or in pairs. She must simply keep struggling, and the resting place awaits. When she was young, she would cut herself when she was angry. The road to the narrow gate is not only constricted, but also uphill.
The door is the door to Eternity and it will swing open at the appropriate time. I have been putting it off because it is such a massive monster of a thing, as is Monna Innominata the other poem outstanding. It silences the first speaker — she has no more doubts. The second person explains that to get to death one must travel long till death comes to self, and there are lot of other wayfarers who would join on the route. 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. They will not keep you standing at that door. Posted on 2007-05-19 by a guest.
In the interim, there is some good stuff about it on Schmoop and Victorian web, if you do a little bit of Googling. To have a peaceful resting place one has to labour hard and lead a virtuous journey till darkness death. Class divisions were furthered by the economic growth, creating a new class of the Industrial Bourgeoisie and neglecting traditional workers; with divisions in religion, regional and national identity continuing to be very powerful influences that cut across all classes of society. 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. What gives the poem a twist is the concluding thought that it would be better for her loved one to forget her and be happy than to remember her if it makes her lover sad. This poem describes the way life begins all over again in the spring, and does so through the use of some beautifully vivid images. The journey is the prominent symbol in this poem, and is open to a few different interpretations.
Christina Rossetti 1830- 1894 was the youngest child in her family, and she was well educated in the home. The path that winds up-hill all the way can be compared to the straight and narrow path followed by believers. The journey that is outlined, when this spiritual orientation is taken into consideration, follows the spiritual journey common to the Christian faith. In this way, Rossetti is able to craft a poetic conversation between two people without complicating her work in any way — normally a fairly difficult thing to do. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. You cannot miss that inn.
She wants him to do everything he could to remember her. This poem is written in the style of a Petrarchan sonnet. A spirit without a shadow guards the gate, barring her from entering. You cannot miss that inn. Is this the voice, instead, of the believer, the person who is happy to marching onwards, as long as she has hope there is something at the end, that the road keeps going up — the worst possible answer is that the road does not go uphill.
From these two questions we also find that the Questioner is asking about aspects of living and the journey of life. You could see this as a refutation of Protestant doctrine — no, not just a few pre-ordained souls will rise to heaven, but everyone who wants it. I think the inn seems friendlier than a hotel or motel. 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. She is best represented in poetry by her ballads and mythical religious lyrics.
We think it might best be viewed as a poem about wanting what we cannot have: as Marcel Proust observed, the true paradises are those we have lost. If you organise stressed syllables in lines in recurring ways, readers will quickly hear it. From now on you do know him and have seen him. Analysis: The question and answer form is common in devotional writing, because it encourages the reader to contemplate his or her own response to the question. For example, it becomes apparent to the reader that the poem is a question and answer conversation between two people: one person is asking the questions, and the other person is answering these questions. Believers gain comfort in knowing that He has already prepared such a special place that is vast and sufficient in room for all his people.