Who told my mother of my shame, Who told my father of my dear? Oh who but Maude, my sister Maude, Who lurked to spy and peer.
Prose and Verse in Clearly autobiographical, the novel examines the heroine's endeavor to resist the notion that modesty, virtue and domesticity constitute the sole duties of womanhood.
For the precocious young poet, the work was only one of several projects of her teens. Growing up in London as the youngest child in a gifted and unusual family of artists and writers, Rossetti had early developed a poetic vocation.
But by the time she wrote "Maude," the lively, passionate, and adventurous little girl who had hated needlework, delighted in fiercely competitive games of chess, and explored the country with her brothers became a painfully constrained, sickly, and over-scrupulous teenager.
Often overshadowed by her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina struggled to express her own independent authorial voice, and to resist a life bound by the constraints and demands of the traditionalfemale role.
Other late Victorian attitudes towards Anglican women's communities are brought out in "On Sisterhoods" by Dinah Mulock Craik which appeared in Longman's magazine in Craik herself worked on the literary border between feminine gentility and feminist rebellion. Inwhen Christina Rossetti was writing "Maude" within the confines of her family, Dinah Mulock was supporting herself and her two younger brothers by her pen.
For her, the strongest argument for such a sisterhood is the alternative life it offers to single women, with no outlets for their maternal emotions.
The third text presented here, Craik's "A Woman's Thoughts About Women," was a widely circulated manual of advice on female self-sufficiency for unmarried women, based on her own experience in a family left destitute by an eccentric father when she was nineteen.
It addressed a pressing contemporary problem: Craik understood that independence would come hard to middle-class women, yet she was optimistic about the ways women might re-educate themselves, abandoning false pride and learning to manage small businesses or conduct trades.
Throughout her career, Craik masked her private feminist views with disdain for women's rights and criticism ofwomen's public activism.
Unmarried and self-supporting until the age of forty, she wrote about the problems of single and working women in over fifty popular novels, children's stories and collections of essays.'Sister Maude' - Christina Rossetti - A Critical Essay - Kindle edition by David Wheeler. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Christina Rossetti always insisted that "Goblin Market" was a children's poem, and it definitely sounds like one. The short lines, vivid imagery, and frequent repetitions and lists make it sound si.
Re-Reading Sisterhood in Christina Rossetti's "Noble Sisters" and "Sister Maude" Created Date: Z. KS4. AQA GCSE. AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
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The betrayed sister is angry, because Maude was lurking, ‘to spy and peer’. Maude has evidently revealed private matters to their parents.
4. • The poem opens with a rhetorical question, this opening makes it clear that there is an implied audience for the poem – the speakers sister, Maude, who is accused about the death of a lover.