S3 E7: Remember 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.
“Remember” by Christina Georgina Rossetti is a sonnet that explores the theme of death and the speaker’s desire for remembrance after they have passed away. The poem’s tone is melancholic and contemplative, and the use of the imperative “Remember” throughout the poem creates a sense of urgency. “Remember” is a poignant reflection on the inevitability of death and the importance of being remembered after one’s passing.
Poetic words allow us to express and process our emotions in a unique and creative way. The use of figurative language, such as metaphors and similes, can help us to recognize and articulate our feelings. The rhythmic structure of poetry brings a calming effect to our mind and body.
As I read “Remember”, I feel a connection with the poet. Her words resonate with my experience and remind me that even when loss comes to us, there is a possibility of restoration and renewal.
Photography by Rebecca Budd
Location Granville Island, Vancouver British Columbia
Music by Christian Andersen “Big Passion” Epidemic Sound