Pilfering Poetry from his Dead Wife’s Grave

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, painter and artist born in 1828. Grief stricken upon the death of his wife and model, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Eleanor Siddal, he surreptitiously buried the only copy of his most recent manuscript-in-progress with her.

The manuscript stayed buried with Lizzie until seven years later, when the poet found himself struggling with writer’s block and enlisted the assistance of several acquaintances to retrieve the poems. Shown above is his painting Beata Beatrix from 1870.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons