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Selected Poems

Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë and Emily Brontë

Edited by Stevie Davies

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Categories: 19th Century, Women
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  • Although The Brontes 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 great women poets in English.

    All three sisters, as Stevie Davies remarks in her introduction, were Romantic in inspiration, writing poetry of passionate personal feeling and of pure imagination. They share certain themes - liberty, loneliness, love - and harbour the myth of a lost paradise. 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 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.
    Table of Contents


    The Brontes as Poets

    Charlotte Bronte

    Emily Jane Bronte

    Anne Bronte

    Poems by Charlotte Bronte

    Lines Addressed to 'The Tower of All Nations'

    Written upon the Occasion of the Dinner Given to the Literati of the Glasstown


    from Retrospection

    The Wounded Stag

    'Turn not now for comfort here'

    The Teacher's Monologue


    Gods of the Old Mythology




    Master and Pupil


    'He saw my heart's woe, discovered my soul's anguish'

    On the Death of Emily Jane Bronte

    On the Death of Anne Bronte

      Poems by Emily Jane Bronte

    'High waving heather, 'neath stormy blasts bending'

    'All day I've toiled, but not with pain'

    'I am the only being whose doom'

    'Only some spires of bright green grass'

    'Now trust a heart that trusts in you'

    A.G.A. ('Sleep brings no joy to me')

    'I'll come when thou art saddest'

    'I'm happiest when most away'

    Song ('King Julius left the south country')

    'And now the house-dog stretched once more'

    'Shed no tears o'er that tomb'

    A.A.A. ('Sleep not, dream not; this bright day')

    Song ('O between distress and pleasure')

    'There was a time when my cheek burned'

    '"Well, some may hate, and some may scorn"'

    'It is too late to call thee now'

    'Riches I hold in light esteem'

    'Shall Earth no more inspire thee'

    'Aye, there it is! It wakes to-night'

    How Clear She Shines!

    'In the earth, the earth, thou shalt be laid'

    A.G.A. to A.S. ('This summer wind, with thee and me')

    'Come, walk with me'

    To Imagination

    'O thy bright eyes must answer now'

    The Philosopher's Conclusion

    R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida ('Cold in the earth, and the deep snow piled above thee!')

    'Death, that struck when I was most confiding'

    'Ah! Why, because the dazzling sun'

    'How beautiful the Earth is still'

    from Julian M. and A.G. Rochelle

    8'No coward soul is mine'

    'Why ask to know what date, what clime?'

    Stanzas ('Often rebuked, yet always back returning')

      Poems by Anne Bronte

    A Voice from the Dungeon

    The North Wind

    Verses to a Child



    To Cowper

    A Word to the 'Elect'

    Past Days

    A Reminiscence

    A Prayer



    If this be All

    Song ('We know where deepest lies the snow')

    Song ('Come to the banquet; triumph in your songs!')

    Oh, They Have Robbed Me of the Hope

    Domestic Peace

    Severed and Gone

    Farewell to Thee! But Not Farewell

    Index of Last Lines


    Anne Brontë
    Anne Brontë was the youngest Bronte, and like her siblings was educated at home. Her religious melancholic tendencies are thought to have been influenced by her Aunt Branwell. She was especially close to Emily as a child and they created Gondal, an imaginary world, where many of their dramatic poems were ... read more
    Charlotte Brontë
    Charlotte Brontë is best known for her novels, Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849), Villette (1853) and The Professor (1857). A collection of poems by Charlotte and her sisters Emily and Anne was published in 1846. ... read more
    Emily Brontë
    Emily Brontë is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights (1847). Due to her tendancy towards shyness, fairly little is known about her; she made few friends outside of her family and spent much of her time within the vicinity of their moorland home. ... read more
    Stevie Davies
    Steve Davies is a literary critic, novelist, historian and biographer. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1998, and now works as the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Wales in Swansea, her home town. She taught English Literature at Manchester University before ... read more
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