"The Blessed Damozel" is a poem written in 1847 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It was first published three years later, in 1850. This poem is romantic and hopeful in nature. It tells the story of a young woman who dies unexpectedly at a very young age. Her family and the young man who loves her are in disbelief.
They miss her terribly almost immediately and have great difficulty imagining that life will go on without her. Although she has only been dead a few days at the most, it seems to them like it has been years. It seems more like an eternity to the man she had promised herself to and left behind. To him, she was perfect, no one could ever replace her, she was the only woman for him.
This poem portrays a connection between physical features of life on Earth and spiritual wonders of heaven. The man who the young woman has left behind has a very difficult time coping with her death. He feels she is waiting for him somewhere and he feels destined to find her.
The young woman is on the edge of entering heaven but does not want to go without the man she loves. She does not want to wait for him to join her. The young man still feels close to her even though her body lies still and motionless. At one particular moment, he is sure that her long flowing hair is surrounding him but discovers instead that it is merely autumn leaves falling freely from the trees. Nevertheless, this gives him hope that he will one day be reunited with the woman he had once saw a future with. Meanwhile, his love sees many couples being reunited in heaven and cannot wait for her turn to be able to once again be with the one she loves.
"The Blessed Damozel" gives off a sense of romance, sadness and hope in its twenty-four stanzas. Although love is lost through death, there is great hope that it will be rekindled in the future, even if not on Earth. When the lovers meet again, their love will be eternal in heaven. This poem helps readers to experience the idea that death is not always the end, but sometimes a beginning to something even greater and more powerful.