Goblin Market is a classic of English poetry, written in 1859 by the poet Christina Rossetti.
This metaphorical poem, her best-known text to date, brought her fame. Today, in a free translation by Clémentine Beauvais, and illustrated by Diglee, we invite you to (re)discover it.
Here’s what Clémentine Beauvais has to say about it:
“In your head and under your tongue, the fruits given up by the goblin-men to Laura and Lizzie will have a taste that Rossetti-la-Victorienne could never have anticipated. Your sisters are not his. The two damsels twisted in their white beds will be mingled with the candy sugar of your not-so-candid reading, flavors of cyprine and hints of feminist collage glue. Your goblins are not his. Your zorilla is that man who sticks to you in the subway, the one with the wombat head is your boss, your uncle, your best friend...”