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Goblin Market: Introduction
Goblin Market: Plot Summary
Goblin Market: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Goblin Market: Themes
Goblin Market: Quotes
Goblin Market: Characters
Goblin Market: Symbols
Goblin Market: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Christina Rossetti
Historical Context of Goblin Market
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- Full Title: Goblin Market
- When Written: 1859
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 1862
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Poetry, Fairytale
- Setting: An unidentified, rural, idyllic setting, possibly in England
- Climax: Lizzie sets out to buy fruit from the dangerous goblin men, hoping it might save
- Antagonist: The goblin men, who represent sexual temptation and seem to exist only to destroy young women
- Point of View: Third-person; though the narrator has access to Laura’s and Lizzie’s motivations and emotions, the narrator never shares the goblins’ point of view.
Extra Credit for Goblin Market
Different Markets. As one of Rossetti’s most popular works, “Goblin Market” has been republished, repackaged, reworked, and marketed to different audiences. Two very different markets for this poem have been children’s literature and erotica!
Sibling Collaboration. “Goblin Market” has been illustrated in a variety of ways, from Arthur Rackham’s famous fairytale illustrations in 1933 to John Bolton’s comic book adaptation of 1984. But Rossetti’s first illustrator was her brother and collaborator, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.