Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

Remember - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

Comments about Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Rookie - 59 Points Ian Goodrich (7/26/2015 1:46:00 PM)

    This poem is one that I find nearly perfect. The poetic language is precise without being pedantic, the rhyme scheme is subtle and effective, and does not take away from the natural flow of the poem, but instead is something that one needs to be gently reminded of between the beauty of the words. The time phrasing and length of each line, pouring into the stanza is subtly attached enough to read not only as an individual line, but as a part of a sentence, which when coupled with rhyme and meter is a difficult task to obtain, much less master as effortlessly as Rossetti.
    But the true beauty in this poem is its ability to be read multiple times. While many poems are read like a wine, savored best in tastings with time to savor between consumptions, Rossetti's Remember reads like water, and I rarely find myself reading it less than once in a single sitting: however long it may be between sittings. The emotion behind the poem, its bittersweet evolution of phrases seem both hopefully and perilous, a fighting for optimism against inevitability. It shines like a human face, searching the dark corners for light, and finding it when it is not there.
    But perhaps the most beautiful part about this poem is that it is not overdone. Whereas other masters Angelou, Hughes, Kipling, Frost and Shakespeare are brought out constantly and reliably, Rossetti only sees the light of day when it is most perfectly appropriate. Like a favorite book, it is not overused, but never overlooked. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,497 Points Dedan Onyango (7/15/2015 1:23:00 PM)

    Do we take time to remember those salient moments that have characterised our lives? This poems echoes that, the power of remembrance. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie anisa balaj (6/30/2015 4:31:00 PM)

    So much this poem leaves you with a windy heart and a dancing soul... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 469 Points Gauri Sharma (6/25/2015 11:33:00 AM)

    Great thought, words , lines (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:07:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.x (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,778 Points Dorothy- A. Holmes (5/17/2015 10:00:00 AM)

    My most favorite poem...first read when I was eleven years of age...the words remained with me throughout the years as an instant recalled verse. I loved the verse then and now at age 83. I could repeat the lines, almost word for word after that first reading by heart, as we called it back then. The words haunt my memory, never to be forgotten. Dorothy Alves Holmes (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 850 Points Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 12:23:00 PM)

    I adore this poem on so many levels it is beautifully written (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 45,332 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/12/2015 2:59:00 AM)

    Truly a great feel is getting while reading this poem. likes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 473 Points Jacob Macharia (8/3/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    Grearm..always remember to remember (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,824 Points * Sunprincess * (6/6/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    ..............truly a beautiful composition... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,689 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 8:31:00 AM)

    Let us still remember all antique art and poems with smile (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 212 Points Sj Holland (8/3/2013 6:02:00 PM)

    It is indeed better to remember and smile. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 211 Points R.j. Wynn (8/3/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    Remembrance is full of sadness, happiness and love. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 281 Points Jack Growden (8/3/2013 3:19:00 AM)

    PLEASE READ MY COLLECTION! I am a young, aspiring poet and hence all feedback is welcomed. Feel free to rate and comment as you wish. Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chelsey Justice (3/19/2013 1:35:00 PM)

    This is the poem I told my better half to read as a part of my euology at my funeral. It is romantic which Christina Rossetti was very romantic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Akanksha Bhatt (10/1/2012 10:31:00 AM)

    just amazing! i am listening to it the first time and its great! a beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Dechen Doma Sherpa (9/24/2012 4:53:00 AM)

    i came across this poem when i was locked inside the college library for an hour. this is one of the finest poem i have read, which talks of life and death in so bewitching manner. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,384 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (8/4/2012 12:09:00 AM)

    This poem reminded me of high school when we were in Literature class- a poem that marked the beginning of my love for poetry, beautiful and profound words, excellent form and theme. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,384 Points Cynthia Buhain-baello (8/4/2012 12:08:00 AM)

    This poem reminded me of high school when we were in Literature class- a poem that marked the beginning of my love for poetry, beautiful and profound words, excellent form and theme. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,048 Points Kevin Patrick (8/3/2012 7:03:00 PM)

    Exquisite versus tremendously capturing regret and longing, she was clear with her language and presentation, as such its east to remember and it stays with you. Truly beautiful (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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