Paper instructions:

write a 3-4 page paper about a poem. The poem is Promises Like Pie-Crust

by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) The introduction of the essay should establish the basic details of the poem “ poet, title, date “ and other foundational information (form of poem, speaker, setting, situation, etc). The essay must develop as either an explication or analysis. Please include diction, tone, metaphor, alliteration/sound. THE TITLE IS A SIMILE

You should not elect to write an explication if your selected poem is longer than fourteen lines (sonnet).

THE essay must have a strong thesis, clear organization, and an effective introduction and conclusion. You should incorporate brief quotations throughout your essay.

poem to write about

Promises Like Pie-Crust

by Christina Georgina Rossetti


Promise me no promises,

So will I not promise you:

Keep we both our liberties,

Never false and never true:

Let us hold the die uncast,

Free to come as free to go:

For I cannot know your past,

And of mine what can you know?

You, so warm, may once have been

Warmer towards another one:

I, so cold, may once have seen

Sunlight, once have felt the sun:

Who shall show us if it was

Thus indeed in time of old?

Fades the image from the glass,

And the fortune is not told.

If you promised, you might grieve

For lost liberty again:

If I promised, I believe

I should fret to break the chain.

Let us be the friends we were,

Nothing more but nothing less:

Many thrive on frugal fare

Who would perish of excess.