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Dante Gabriel Rossetti : “Proserpine” (1882)

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The piece is the eighth and final version of Rossetti’s Proserpine, completed just a few days before his death. In his correspondence, he described the piece as follows: “She is represented in a gloomy corridor of her palace, with the fatal fruit in her hand. As she passes, a gleam strikes on the wall behind her from some inlet suddenly opened, and admitting for a moment the sight of the upper world; and she glances furtively towards it, immersed in thought. The incense-burner stands beside her as the attribute of a goddess. The ivy branch in the background may be taken as a symbol of clinging memory.”

All versions of the work are inscribed with a sonnet, which reads: “Afar away the light that brings cold cheer / Unto this wall, — one instant no more / Admitted at my distant palace-door / Afar the flowers of Enna from this drear / Dire fruit, which, tasted once, must thrall me here. / Afar those skies from this Tartarean grey / That chills me: and afar how far away, / The nights that shall become the days that were. / Afar from mine own self I seem, and wing / Strange ways in thought, and listen for a sign: / And still some heart unto some soul doth pine. / (Whose sounds mine inner sense in fain to bring, / Continually together murmuring) — / ‘Woe me for thee, unhappy Proserpine’.”

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