Study Guide

Goblin Market Calling Card

By Christina Rossetti

Calling Card

Intense and Vivid Detail

Like all members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement of poets and artists, Christina Rossetti was interested in providing the nitty-gritty detail of everything she described. "Goblin Market" is overflowing with detail, from the shape and texture of each individual fruit, to the appearance and habits of each individual goblin. All that detail, both in "Goblin Market" and in other Pre-Raphaelite art, can occasionally be overwhelming. After all, how do you tell what's most important if everything is described with equal detail?