When my mum died in 1992, one of her friends gave my step-father a sympathy card that contained a poem by Christina Rossetti. At the time I’d never heard it before and although my step-father couldn’t bring himself to read it at the time, I’ve always been touched by it and have given it in cards to others who have lost someone, just as my mum’s friend did.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a prolific poet and lyricist and is best known for not only this poem but also writing the Christmas Carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.
One of the books that I hanker after (and that would probably be way too expensive for me!) is a Christina Rossetti poetry book that was illustrated by Florence Harrison.
It contains absolutely loads of Art Nouveau style colour illustrations that are just beautiful! Here are some of them:-
When this book comes up on Ebay, it’s usually at least £200.00. You never know, Christmas is only next week……