Christina Rossetti: illness and ideology.

Doubtless the most familiar references to illness in the poetry ofChristina Rossetti appear in Goblin Market after Lizzie's sisterLaura has banqueted on the sumptuous fruits proffered by the demonicGoblin men (the only males, one recalls, who actually appear in thepoem). Ecstatic for the moment, Laura returns to the maidens'garden cottage promising to bring her sister "plums ... / Fresh ontheir mother twigs" and "cherries worth getting." Shedescribes her feast in detail: "You cannot think what figs My teeth have met in, What melons icy-cold Piled on a dish of gold Too huge for me to hold, What peaches with a velvet nap, Pellucid grapes without one seed: