This is a meme hosted by me every Friday.
My post today is about: "The Goblin Market" by Christina Georgina Rossetti.
"The Goblin Market" is a famous long poem written by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), an English poet, who happens to be one of my favourite poets. "The Goblin Market" is written as a Christian fairy-tale, using the popular forbidden-fruit and sin-redemption schemes. The point is, it is a fairy-tale story and it goes like this:
Two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who are very close, live alone in a house. They draw water from a stream every evening. There, they usually hear goblin merchants selling fruit. One evening, Laura lingers by the stream after Lizzie has gone home and wants to buy some of the goblin merchants' fruit, but she has no money. However, she offers a lock of her hair and "a tear more rare than pearl." Laura eats the fruit eagerly, but then comes to her senses and returns home. At home, Lizzie reminds her of the story of Jeanie, another girl who ate goblin fruit and died.
The next day, when Laura and Lizzie work around the house, Laura cannot wait to meet the goblin men in the evening. When the sisters go to the stream to draw water from it, Lizzie can her the goblin merchants' voices, but Laura can't. She can't buy their fruit, but she longs for it, which makes her fall ill and become depressed. She begins to pine away. One day, Laura remembers that she saved a seed from the fruit she ate and plants it, but nothing grows.
When Lizzie realises that Laura is dying, she decides to go to the goblins, buy their fruit and thus soothe Laura's pain. The goblin men greet Lizzie kindly, but when they realise she wants to pay with money and carry the fruit home, they become terrible. They attack her nad try to make her eat their fruit. They even drench her in fruit juice and pulp. Finally, the goblins leave her be because she does not give up and Lizzie hurries home, hoping that Laura can drink the juice from her body. Laura does just that, but then undergoes a violent transformation, which pushes her to the verge of death.
The next day, however, Laura is completely fine, mentally and physically. The sisters live to tell their children about evil goblin fruit and about the power of sisterly love.
You may read the poem HERE.