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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Alliteration appears in some parts of the poem, like "They stood stock still upon the moss" and "Chuckling, clapping, crowing".

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Alliteration appears in some parts of the poem, like "They stood stock still upon the moss" and moss"
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"Chuckling, clapping, crowing".


''Goblin Market'' is a NarrativePoem by British Victorian poet Creator/ChristinaRossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.

Those with an interest in art history might be familiar with the Rossetti name in a different context, because of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). Christina was not a member of this all-male group, but two of her brothers were founding members. Some of her earliest work was published in the PRB's periodical, and her work shares some traits (such as attention to sensual detail) with the art of the PRB. Dante Gabriel Rossetti provided illustrations for the poem.

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''Goblin Market'' is a NarrativePoem by British Victorian poet Creator/ChristinaRossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats some forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, narrative (as expressed by William Michael Rossetti, her brother), but it is often can also be read as an allegory. Interpretations Allegorical interpretations vary widely as to just what widely, ranging from the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good sisterhood, temptation and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? redemption, or even feminine sexuality. The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.

Those with an interest The poem debuted in art history might be familiar with the Rossetti name in a different context, because Rossetti's first volume of poems ''Goblin Market and Other Poems''. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, her brother and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). Christina was not a member of this all-male group, but two of her brothers were founding members. Some of her earliest work was published in the PRB's periodical, and her work shares some traits (such as attention to sensual detail) with the art of the PRB. Dante Gabriel Rossetti Brotherhood, provided illustrations for the poem.



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Alliteration appears in some parts of the poem, like "They stood stock still upon the moss" and "Chuckling, clapping, crowing".



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* FeministFantasy: Or rather, a feminist religious allegory, about a female savior who redeems the fallen.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: The goblin merchants try to force Lizzie to eat their fruit, but she does not consume any of it. She returns, drenched in juice and pulp, to her sister, who eats the pulp and juice. It tastes horrible, but she ultimately recovers.
* FeministFantasy: Or Another interpretation, or rather, a feminist religious allegory, about a female savior who redeems the fallen. fallen.



* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler:Laura]] get sick on the fruit of the goblin men, prompting Lizzie to action to save her.

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* {{Ill Girl}}: IllGirl: Jeanie and [[spoiler:Laura]] get sick on the fruit of the goblin men, men. prompting Lizzie to action to save her.



* SnowMeansDeath: Jeanie died in winter, during the first snow fall.

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* SnowMeansDeath: Jeanie died in winter, during the first snow fall.snowfall.


''Goblin Market'' is a NarrativePoem by British Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.

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''Goblin Market'' is a NarrativePoem by British Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, Creator/ChristinaRossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.


->We must not look at goblin men,\\
We must not buy their fruits:\\
Who knows upon what soil they fed\\
Their hungry thirsty roots?

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must not look at goblin men,\\
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men, we must not buy their fruits:\\
fruits. Who knows upon what soil they fed\\
Their
fed, their hungry thirsty roots?
roots?"'']]

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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: A market run by goblins.


* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler:Laura]].

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* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler:Laura]].[[spoiler:Laura]] get sick on the fruit of the goblin men, prompting Lizzie to action to save her.



* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lizzie. Her strategy for saving Laura ends up ''depending'' on her ability to resist temptation.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lizzie. Her Lizzie's strategy for saving Laura ends up ''depending'' on her ability to resist temptation.


* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted in that we don't know anything about the fathers. Marriage isn't the most important relationship here.

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* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted in that we We don't know anything about the fathers. Marriage fathers (Marriage isn't the most important relationship here.here) but the babies are there and it's a happy thing.



* EarnYourHappyEnding

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lizzie. Notably, her strategy for saving Laura ends up ''depending'' on her ability to resist temptation.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lizzie. Notably, her Her strategy for saving Laura ends up ''depending'' on her ability to resist temptation.


->We must not look at goblin men,\
We must not buy their fruits:\
Who knows upon what soil they fed\
Their hungry thirsty roots?"

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->We must not look at goblin men,\
men,\\
We must not buy their fruits:\
fruits:\\
Who knows upon what soil they fed\
fed\\
Their hungry thirsty roots?"
roots?

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->We must not look at goblin men,\
We must not buy their fruits:\
Who knows upon what soil they fed\
Their hungry thirsty roots?"


''Goblin Market'' is a narrative poem by British Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.

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''Goblin Market'' is a narrative poem NarrativePoem by British Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.


* HeroicSacrifice: "For your sake I have braved the glen/ And had to do with goblin merchant men."
* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler: Laura]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: "For your sake I have braved the glen/ glen / And had to do with goblin merchant men."
* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler: Laura]].[[spoiler:Laura]].


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* RapidAging: Seemingly what happens to Jeanie and [[spoiler:Laura]], with loss of vitality and graying hair.

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* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Lizzie. Notably, her strategy for saving Laura ends up ''depending'' on her ability to resist temptation.

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''Goblin Market'' is a narrative poem by British Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, originally published in 1862. Simply put, it tells the story of a girl who eats forbidden fruit (sold by "goblin men") and suffers as a result, until her sister comes to her aid. It can be read "straight" as a poetic fairy tale or fantasy narrative, but it is often read as an allegory. Interpretations vary widely as to just what the allegory means, though. Is the poem about the dangers of sexuality? Of heteronormativity? The power of sisterhood? Good and bad systems of economy? Temptation, sin and redemption? The possibility of redemption for "fallen women"? Or maybe all of the above? Fortunately, you can read the poem without having to choose an interpretation. It makes heavy use of alliteration, musical rhyme, and mouth-watering detail. It's the sort of poem that benefits from being read aloud.

Those with an interest in art history might be familiar with the Rossetti name in a different context, because of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB). Christina was not a member of this all-male group, but two of her brothers were founding members. Some of her earliest work was published in the PRB's periodical, and her work shares some traits (such as attention to sensual detail) with the art of the PRB. Dante Gabriel Rossetti provided illustrations for the poem.

''Goblin Market'' was adapted into a musical by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon. Some of the songs can be found on Youtube.

You can read [[http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/crossetti/gobmarket.html the poem here]]; this page includes D.G. Rossetti's illustrations.
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!! This poem provides examples of:
* AnAesop: The poem ends with a clear Aesop about sisterhood, but there might be other morals present.
* BabiesEverAfter: Subverted in that we don't know anything about the fathers. Marriage isn't the most important relationship here.
* ComingOfAgeStory: One interpretation of the poem is that it is about the transition from childhood to adulthood.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: If it does, you're not alone. It's pretty common to read the fruit as some kind of sexual metaphor.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FeministFantasy: Or rather, a feminist religious allegory, about a female savior who redeems the fallen.
* FoodChains: Don't eat the fruit, okay?
* FoodPorn: Did we mention the mouth-watering detail with which Rossetti describes the fruit?
* ForbiddenFruit: Literally and allegorically, because Laura's consumption of the fruit can be seen as a retelling of the Christian narrative of the fall.
* HeroicSacrifice: "For your sake I have braved the glen/ And had to do with goblin merchant men."
* {{Ill Girl}}: Jeanie and [[spoiler: Laura]].
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: The goblins' fruit is ''wicked'' good.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: They're little beast-men who tempt maidens at twilight.
* SnowMeansDeath: Jeanie died in winter, during the first snow fall.
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