Tuesday, May 12, 2009
May 12: His Wife's Golden Hair Enshrined His Poems (Vol. 42, pp. 1149-1153, 1178-1181)
Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born this day in 1828. When his beloved wife died, he buried most of his manuscripts with her. His friends prevailed upon Rossetti to exhume his wife's coffin and print them. After reading these overwrought odes to love, so typical of the poetry of this era, they should've stayed buried.