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Christina Rossetti, “A Christmas Carol”

By Rebecca Foust
Christina Rossetti was devoted to deep Christian conviction and a rich artistic sensibility. Both influences can be seen in this poem’s spare, even stark diction that seems to belie the intensity of its imagery and underlying religious themes.
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Poetry Sunday: “I Sit and Sew,” by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

By Rebecca Foust
The poem’s opening introduces a wonderful pun—the word “seems.” It’s a kind of doubling that characterizes the poem as a whole, and through it we come to see sewing a seam as a metaphor for something larger—the domestic life, the life relegated to women as a whole in the nineteenth century.
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