[Fragment] (“'Twas thus, thus is, and thus shall be”)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848 August
Rhyme: a4b3c4b3
Meter: iambic
Genre: fragment

Scholarly Commentary


According to DGR's letter to WMR of 20 August 1848 (see Fredeman, Correspondence 48. 1 , this fragment is the last quatrain of a poem he wrote with Thomas Woolner. Each wrote what DGR called “alternate stanzas”, somewhat in the manner, apparently, of the bouts rimés sonnets that WMR and DGR created together around the same time. DGR copied the single extant stanza into his letter (see Family Letters II. 39 , where WMR comments that it is “intentional nonsense, or burlesque”).

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