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No Thank You John

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“NO, THANK YOU, JHON”
she knows exactly how she feels, and isn't afraid to tell him even though it may hurt his feelings. I don't believe a person should have to feel guilty just because they aren't attracted to someone. It is about a strong-willed woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind. She appears to be looking down at someone, as if she has something better to, and is angry that she is having to waste her time

Christina Rossetti was nothing if she were not a true artist. Rossetti was born in 1830 and lived until 1894 as a poet who had an early passion for art and literature (“Christina Rossetti” 1583). The driving force in Rossetti’s life was religion. She was a self-regulator who made decisions based on rigid religious values. In the midst of her unfaltering spiritual devotion, Rossetti gave up theater, opera, and chess (“Christina Rossetti” 1583). Rossetti never married, but that is not to say that she never had plans for marriage. She was engaged twice and both times broke the engagements for religious reasons. Rossetti wrote pure lyric, narrative fable, ballad, and devotional verse (“Christina Rossetti” 1583). She wrote poetry that dealt with deflection and negation. The Norton Anthology writes, “[Her] very denials and constraints give her a powerful way to articulate a poetic self in critical relationship to the little that the world offers” (“Christina Rossetti” 1584). “No thank you John” was written in 1859 by Rossetti and after reading it, one would find it impossible to forget the message of tactful rejection. In this poem, the speaker rejects the offering of love from the persistent John. Her work speaks to the idea of unrequited love. The speaker contends that she never told John that she loved him and that he knew she never loved him. As the poem progresses, Rossetti’s speaker moves from a simple refusal to an absolute rejection of a romantic love between she and John. The speaker’s rejection is not a heartless break-up ballad, but instead...

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