Forbidden Fruit

Posted by Censor Librorum on Dec 1, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

Christina Rossetti was an English Victorian poet. One of her most famous poems, “Goblin Market,” was written in 1862 and is loaded with erotic lesbian imagery:

She clipped a precious golden lock,
She dropped a tear more rare than pearl,
Then sucked their fruit globes fair or red:
Sweeter than honey from the rock,
Stronger than man-rejoicing wine,
Clearer than water flowed that juice;
She never tasted such before,
How should it cloy with length of use?
She sucked and sucked and sucked the more
Fruits which that unknown orchard bore,
She sucked until her lips were sore;
Then flung the emptied rinds away,
But gathered up one kernel stone,
And knew not was it night or day
As she turned home alone.

Christina Rossetti refused offers of marriage and was intensely religious throughout her life.

She certainly seemed to be a Catholic lesbian (but very repressed) with plenty on her mind.

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