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Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Fie! (---.aiubh.com)
Date: July 24, 2003 08:11PM

New the wonders of Christina Rosettii. Love Goblin Market and interested in meaning is Winter: My Secret!


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: July 25, 2003 02:44PM

Winter: My Secret
by Christina Georgina Rossetti

I tell my secret? No indeed, not I:
Perhaps some day, who knows?
But not today; it froze, and blows, and snows,
And you're too curious: fie!
You want to hear it? well:
Only, my secret's mine, and I won't tell.

Or, after all, perhaps there's none:
Suppose there is no secret after all,
But only just my fun.
Today's a nipping day, a biting day;
In which one wants a shawl,
A veil, a cloak, and other wraps:
I cannot ope to every one who taps,
And let the draughts come whistling thro' my hall;
Come bounding and surrounding me,
Come buffeting, astounding me,
Nipping and clipping thro' my wraps and all.
I wear my mask for warmth: who ever shows
His nose to Russian snows
To be pecked at by every wind that blows?
You would not peck? I thank you for good will,
Believe, but leave that truth untested still.

Spring's an expansive time: yet I don't trust
March with its peck of dust,
Nor April with its rainbow-crowned brief showers,
Nor even May, whose flowers
One frost may wither thro' the sunless hours.
Perhaps some languid summer day,
When drowsy birds sing less and less,
And golden fruit is ripening to excess,
If there's not too much sun nor too much cloud,
And the warm wind is neither still nor loud,
Perhaps my secret I may say,
Or you may guess.


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: July 25, 2003 03:14PM


I guessed her secret, yes I did.
But would I tell it? God forbid!


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Fie! (---.aiubh.com)
Date: July 25, 2003 04:00PM

Hugh, you must be the young fie! in the poem....she said you would "perhaps" one day guess. Please do tell the secret.


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: July 25, 2003 05:02PM

But if Hugh told, it wouldn't be secret any more.


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Fie! (---.aiubh.com)
Date: July 25, 2003 06:39PM

So, do we need secrets?.....what is the importance of secrets...hasn't the persona in the poem already been very open and in some way revealed her secret? The irony is she is afraid to reveal herself yet she is an emotional whore. Is it not the secret which is causing here to lead a very cold/miserable existence despite her efforts to protect herself?


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: July 28, 2003 01:51PM


The secret will become common knowledge "some languid summer day" whether Hugh spills it or not.


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: August 21, 2003 02:28PM


Here are some more riddles (charades) by Christina Rossetti:

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I will put the answers below, after some spoiler space, for numbers 1 and 3. Stephen should be particularly interested in #3.


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answers:

1. candid

3. Proserpine


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.wfd10.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 21, 2003 05:55PM

Thanx Hugh. A goddess bore? Too right.

Stephen


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Elliot (149.123.60.---)
Date: August 29, 2003 06:42PM

"I wear my mask for warmth" suggests that she has become "cold" in order to protect her secret. It is a common defense mechanism. Oh hum...

Elliot


Re: Winter: My Secret!
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.MCLNVA23.covad.net)
Date: August 29, 2003 09:53PM


Nah, it's a kid's pome. The answer is 'I love you'. We are at the end of summer now (unless we're in Australia), so I guess I can let it out.




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