The Bronte Sisters: Selected Poems

The Bronte Sisters: Selected Poems

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by Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Brontë
     
 

Although the Brontës have long fascinated readers of fiction and biography, their poetry was all too little known until this pioneering selection by Stevie Davies, the novelist and critic. Charlotte (1816-1855) is certainly a competent poet, and Anne (1820-1849) developed a distinctive voice, while Emily (1818-1848) is one of the great women poets in English.

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Although the Brontës have long fascinated readers of fiction and biography, their poetry was all too little known until this pioneering selection by Stevie Davies, the novelist and critic. Charlotte (1816-1855) is certainly a competent poet, and Anne (1820-1849) developed a distinctive voice, while Emily (1818-1848) is one of the great women poets in English.

Read together with their novels, the poems movingly elucidate the ideas around which the narratives revolve. And they surprise us out of our conventional notions of the sisters' personalities: Emily's rebelliousness, for example, is counterbalanced here by great tenderness.

This selection of over seventy poems gives an idea of the variety of thought and feeling within each author's work, and of the way in which the poems of these three remarkable writers parallel and reflect each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415940900
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Fyfield Books Series
Pages:
126
Sales rank:
1,125,621
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Lines Addressed to 'The Tower of All Nations'31
Written upon the Occasion of the Dinner Given to the Literati of the Glasstown31
Home-Sickness32
from Retrospection33
The Wounded Stag35
'Turn not now for comfort here'36
'He could not sleep! - the couch of war'36
The Teacher's Monologue37
Diving40
Gods of the Old Mythology41
Parting43
Preference44
Morning46
Master and Pupil47
Reason52
'He saw my heart's woe, discovered my soul's anguish'53
On the Death of Emily Jane Bronte55
On the Death of Anne Bronte55
'High waving heather, 'neath stormy blasts bending'59
'All day I've toiled, but not with pain'59
'I am the only being whose doom'60
'Only some spires of bright green grass'61
'Now trust a heart that trusts in you'61
A. G. A. ('Sleep brings no joy to me')62
'I'll come when thou art saddest'63
'I'm happiest when most away'63
Song ('King Julius left the south country')64
'And now the house-dog stretched once more'64
'Shed no tears o'er that tomb'66
A. A. A. ('Sleep not, dream not; this bright day')67
Song ('O between distress and pleasure')68
'There was a time when my cheek burned'69
'"Well, some may hate, and some may scorn"'69
'It is too late to call thee now'70
'Riches I hold in light esteem'71
'Shall Earth no more inspire thee'71
'Aye, there it is! It wakes to-night'72
How Clear She Shines!73
'In the earth, the earth, thou shalt be laid'74
A. G. A. to A. S. ('This summer wind, with thee and me')75
'Come, walk with me'76
To Imagination77
'O thy bright eyes must answer now'78
The Philosopher's Conclusion80
R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida ('Cold in the earth, and the deep snow piled above thee!')82
'Death, that struck when I was most confiding'83
'Ah! why, because the dazzling sun'84
'How beautiful the Earth is still'86
from Julian M. and A. G. Rochelle87
'No coward soul in mine'88
'Why ask to know what date, what clime?'89
Stanzas ('Often rebuked, yet always back returning')90
A Voice from the Dungeon95
The North Wind96
Verses to a Child98
Retirement100
Despondency100
To Cowper101
A Word to the 'Elect'103
Past Days105
A Reminiscence106
A Prayer106
Night107
Dreams107
If This be All108
Song ('We know where deepest lies the snow')109
Song ('Come to the banquet; triumph in your songs!')110
Oh, They Have Robbed Me of the Hope111
Domestic Peace112
Severed and Gone113
Farewell to Thee! But Not Farewell115
Last Lines116
Notes119

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