Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
Roger McGough with poems by Christina Rossetti, including Goblin Market. The reader is Shirley Henderson. Visits to your greengrocer may never be the same again.
Roger McGough begins a new series with requests for poems by Christina Rossetti. Shirley Henderson gives a beguiling rendition of what is arguably Rossetti's most famous poem 'Goblin Market', published in 1862. It is a heady fairy tale about temptation involving two sisters, Laura and Lizzie. The poem has a sexual undertone and a menacing quality that lurks among the persistent pleas of the fruit selling Goblin men to 'come buy, come buy.' Visits to your greengrocer may never be the same again. There is also a reading of another of Rossetti's much requested and moving poems 'Remember,' as well as a lesser known poem of pilgrimage, 'Up-hill'.
Producer: Sarah Langan.