‘Real Things Unseen’: The Tractarian Influence

  • Dinah Roe


In his introduction to David A. Kent’s The Achievement of Christina Rossetti, Jerome McGann writes about the language of revelation in the devotional poem ‘Now They Desire’:

It does no good to reach back for original texts in Scripture or their exegetical and iconographical translations. Rossetti’s poetry works precisely because it forces us to read everything simply, in literal ways; to seek and therefore not to find any human or worlded equivalents for what we read.1


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