Virtual Read-Aloud: Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti. Image of the author set against a decorative background.


Harvest season is upon us – so be careful where you get your produce. It could have been picked by magical hands.

Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894) was an English poet and lyricist who contributed to the Romantic period in literature and art during the 19th Century. Influenced by the great poets such as Dante Alighieri, John Keats, Petrarch, and others, Rossetti’s works are suffused with a similar fantasy and elegance that her predecessors possessed.

The narrative poem “Goblin Market” tells the story of two sisters bespelled by a magical merchantry of goblins, whose tantalizing fruits have the power to harm—and to heal.

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