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Edited by Stevie Davies
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Categories: 19th Century, Women
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Jan 1996)
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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
Emily Jane 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
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'
'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
A Word to the 'Elect'
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
Severed and Gone
Farewell to Thee! But Not Farewell
Index of Last Lines
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