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In her poem "After Death," Christina Rossetti describes a scene with the main
character on her deathbed. The room is dark with the curtains half drawn. The floor is
swept and covered with rushes and blossom. A man enters the room and looks at the
dead body. He weeps after looking at the body, but doesn't touch it or disturb it in any
way. The man is described from the point of view of the dead woman. She tells us that
the man didn't love her but she is pleased that he is still alive, unlike herself.   Rossetti
addresses themes of death, tragic love, and the possibility of an afterlife.   Rossetti
elects to write from the woman's perspective. Laying on her death bed, the female
subject remains a motionless object of male desire. Rossetti   allows us to hear and see
the entire poem from the perspective of a dead woman, and although such a vantage
point may seem, at first, to be somewhat of an impossibility, Rossetti uses this
perspective as a poetic device. By envisioning this scene through the eyes of the
deceased, we, as readers, are able to observe the mourner (the other character in the
poem) from a more objective standpoint. Thus we soon forget the speaker's odd ability
to consciously perceive her surroundings after death, and we begin to focus our
attention on the experience of the mourner.
The poem lacks any real description or visual details   Rossetti begins the poem with a
short passage, setting the scene:
The curtains were half drawn; the floor was swept
And strewn with rushes; rosemary and may
Lay thick upon the bed on which I lay,
Where, through the lattice, ivy-shadows crept. [lines 1-4]
This rather cursory description affords the reader only the most basic understanding of
the setting: she describes a floor and bed, covered in rushes, and a half-covered
window. Rossetti provides no physical description of the man and woman portrayed in
the poem. Instead, she engages readers with more active verbs, such as,...

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