Dream Land

Christina Rossetti, a devout Tractarian, subscribed to the doctrine known as Soul Sleep. Soul Sleep refers to a "waiting time" between the death and the reunion of the soul and body on the Last Day. During this waiting period, it was believed that the soul enters a suspended state outside of time and awareness. Only on the Last Day does the soul awake and receive its eternal reward. This doctrine is in marked contrast to traditional Christian views which hold that the soul recieves its eternal reward at death.

For a more detailed discussion of Soul Sleep, see Jerome J. McGann’s "The Religious Poetry of Christina Rossetti." in Critical Inquiry. 10:1 (Sept. 1983), 127-144.