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When I am dead, my dearest Summary & Analysis
by Christina Rossetti

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The Victorian poet Christina Rossetti wrote "Song (When I am dead, my dearest)" in 1848 at the age of 18, though it wasn't published until 1862 in her collection Goblin Market and Other Poems. The poem focuses on death and mourning, with the speaker urging a loved one not to waste too much time grieving for her when she dies. Instead, the speaker tells this person to move on with life: while the speaker isn't exactly sure what happens after death, she does seem sure that she won't notice whether or not the living remember her.

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