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I don't understand what he is saying. It seems negative I think.

Christina Rossetti's universe was settled before she came of age and it never changed nor developed... Her poetry is largely devoid of sharp observation, whether intellectual or imagination. She falls back on pretty language, the bane of so many women poets.

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I don't understand what he is saying. It seems negative I think.

Christina Rossetti's universe was settled before she came of age and it never changed nor developed... Her poetry is largely devoid of sharp observation, whether intellectual or imagination. She falls back on pretty language, the bane of so many women poets.

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"She created her written world as a child and it never developed into anything other than that childish world. It doesn't contain much smart observation or imaginative thought. She uses pretty words and that's about it. It's something many female poets do."

It is very negative and essential calls her poems pretty words with no content to them. Also suggests her ideas are undeveloped and childish.
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In a nut shell:
"She created her written world as a child and it never developed into anything other than that childish world. It doesn't contain much smart observation or imaginative thought. She uses pretty words and that's about it. It's something many female poets do."

It is very negative and essential calls her poems pretty words with no content to them. Also suggests her ideas are undeveloped and childish.
Then I guess you could argue he is wrong as Rossetti's poems clearly are developed and imaginative. However, in the round tower at Janhsi is simplistic. Is this right?
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Then I guess you could argue he is wrong as Rossetti's poems clearly are developed and imaginative. However, in the round tower at Janhsi is simplistic. Is this right?
I wouldn't know since I don't know of them (or any poetry). But you could combat that type of argument by showing example examples of developed thought and observation in her poems or how he world has developed over time.
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I wouldn't know since I don't know of them (or any poetry). But you could combat that type of argument by showing example examples of developed thought and observation in her poems or how he world has developed over time.
Would stuff like metaphors show developed thought. I don't get the idea about the world developing
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Would stuff like metaphors show developed thought. I don't get the idea about the world developing
It's hard to say without knowing the poet or their work, but I would guess they are saying the world she creates in her writing is not complex or deep (since it was created when she was young and wouldn't have understood those things). So a meaningful metaphor could argue against that. Especially one that reflects on adult concepts in the world.
To show development you could compare the ideas covered in her earlier and later works and how they have become more complex or show more observation.

You might be better off seeing if you can find advice on Google though or posting in a relevant subject forum (I would move this thread over for you, but I'm on a device that doesn't let me). This isn't a subject I've learnt so I could be talking utter bs.
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It's hard to say without knowing the poet or their work, but I would guess they are saying the world she creates in her writing is not complex or deep (since it was created when she was young and wouldn't have understood those things). So a meaningful metaphor could argue against that. Especially one that reflects on adult concepts in the world.
To show development you could compare the ideas covered in her earlier and later works and how they have become more complex or show more observation.

You might be better off seeing if you can find advice on Google though or posting in a relevant subject forum (I would move this thread over for you, but I'm on a device that doesn't let me). This isn't a subject I've learnt so I could be talking utter bs.
Thanks for the help
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Then I guess you could argue he is wrong as Rossetti's poems clearly are developed and imaginative. However, in the round tower at Janhsi is simplistic. Is this right?
That's your personal opinion and there's no right or wrong with English (and particularly with poetry I find). Say what you believe, as long as you use the evidence (like you just have done) then you should be fine.
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