Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti by George Frederic Watts, 1871, now in the National Portrait Gallery. He was forty-three years old. The previous year he had exhumed many older poems he had buried on his first wife’s death 1862 and published them in a volume Poems. The harsh reactions of critics—for example Robert Buchanan in The Fleshly School of Poetry—much contributed to a mental breakdown in June of the following year.

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