What Are the Words to the Funeral Poem "Remember"?


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Poet Christina Rosetti wrote "Remember" in 1862 and released it as part of a collection of her poetry, titled "Goblin Market, and Other Poems." The poem is considered appropriate for use at funerals and farewell occasions.

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The poem expresses the desire of the speaker to not be forgotten after death by her beloved. The repeated use of the word "remember" emphasizes this strong desire. However, the poem also has the reader recognize that keeping the speaker's memory alive should not come at the expense of her beloved's happiness. Instead of being sad, the speaker wants her beloved to rejoice and be happy with life without her, rather than remembering and being sad about it.

Remember is one of Christina Rosetti's most famous poems. She was born in 1830 in England and began writing original poetry at the age of 6, according to the Shenandoah Literary journal. "Goblin Market, and Other Poems," was her first published collection of poetry released under her name. Death and morbidity were common themes in Rosetti's poetry. Other poems with death as a central theme include "After Death," "Song," "Echo," "Dead Before Death," and "When I Am Dead, My Dearest." After achieving fame and success for her writing, Rosetti died of breast cancer in 1894.

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