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by Christina Rossetti

Up-Hill Religion Quotes

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Quote #1

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? (1)

A Christian's journey through life is often depicted as a road or path, particularly a difficult one. Lots of famous piece of literature make use of this metaphor, but a particularly influential oneJohn Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress—was a favorite of Rossetti's.

Quote #2

 From morn to night, my friend. (4)

Introducing the dichotomy of morning and night brings a whole dark vs. light vibe into the poem, which is always useful for drawing out any good vs. evil tension that might be hiding under the surface.

Quote #3

Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
 They will not leave you standing at that door. (11-12)

When you're dealing with poems that have a clear religious tone, it's often really helpful to make use of a concordance, a super-useful book that tells you where and how many times a word is used in the Bible. "Knock," for instance, might seem innocuous (ha ha), but if you run it through an online concordance, it shows up in a Bible verse that is especially fitting: "For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:8).

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