The poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti can be read in multiple forms. My interpretation of the poem is that it focuses about female heroism and sisterhood. Alternatively, it could also be said that the poem is a contemptuously mocking criticism on the way women were objectified during the Victorian Era. This can be inferred as the poem is predominantly about sexual purity. This poem also contains many symbolisms where its use is to describe other alternative ideas and interpretations. Symbols in this poem vary from the use of fruits, the moon, flowers, sisterhood, money and water.
Firstly, even though, the title of the poem: Goblin Market seems self-explanatory, as we can instantly assume that this poem is about a fruit-market which is run by goblins this sounds like it’s a poem which sounds like a fairy-tale/fantasy or maybe a story which focuses on little kids. Although, it is strongly argued against that this is not a story aimed at kids as most of the sexy-stuff which happens in the poem is implied, rather than it being explicitly described. This is because most lines are almost ‘ludicrously-erotic’ thereby it cannot be said that this is suitable for it being aimed at young children/kids. So we can infer that this title is very deceptive as there is a lot more going on under the surface of the image of a fruit-market. Furthermore, the title is very deceptive to the readers as from the title we are only told that the poem is about a market but we aren’t given much detail on what type of market it is and what is being sold by the goblins. The underlining deception of this poem is that this poem is about the Victorian ‘marriage-market’ which is a term referred to the underhand manipulations many men and women undergo in order to marry and move up the hierarchy in society.
The symbolism of fruit in this poem is that it symbolizes the temptation which is openly