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"In this collection of their poetry, published under gender-concealing pseudonyms, we get an intimate glimpse of their fears, hopes, faith, and desires." — Haunted Library
"This collection is not only for fans of the Brontë Sisters and classic rhyming poetry but also for readers that crave heartbreaking gothic angst." — Eastside Middle School
Among the most talented siblings
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by Dover Publications (first published 1902)
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Feb 28, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing
This little book contains a collection of poems from three of the most well-known women in literature.
The best known works are of course the novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily), but The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey (both by Anne) are known as well.
All in all, the three sisters definitely had talent, there is no denying it (which makes it even more sad that they had or thought they had to publish under male pseudonyms - Currer Bell for Charlotte, Ellis Bell for
Jan 16, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The Best Poems of the Bronte Sisters published by Dover Publications is a collection of poetry from the three sisters best known for their prose. Although classics Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall they do not complete the sister’s range of works.

There is a similarity in style between the sisters and it holds to the form of 19th century English poetry. There are several poems that were written on the spur of the moment. Poems are written on a windy afternoon or from
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Jan 09, 2016 Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Brontë Sisters fans and lovers of poetry.
Ray Bradbury says to read poetry every day of your life. So I started paying attention to him and took the opportunity when I came across Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters.


This short collection of poems felt perfect on this rainy day.

I have to confess I disliked both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre as they had been imposed on me in school. Actually, I dislike most classics. And, yet, this book made me feel guilty for the harsh treatment of the Brontë's works.

The poems are absolutely beautiful, an
Feb 06, 2010 Sherien rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who loves the Bronte sisters
Shelves: poetry, 19th-century
Reading these poems by the amazing Bronte sisters widens my knowledge about their character and life. Through what they express we can sense their feelings of loneliness, solitude, hopes, dreams, love for their family and home, and most heartbreakingly, their grieve and despair. Reading their poems has a bit of a different tone than reading their novels. Beautiful, emotional, and heartfelt yet never optimistic. Sad and sympathetic. Their poems give us a clearer view of how these three notable li ...more
Ayu Palar
Feb 11, 2010 Ayu Palar rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The Brontë Sisters are highly praised for their novels, however I just found out that they also composed great poems as well. When reading this, I was in this melancholy situation (thanks to the rain, hah!), so the lines that each of them wrote really grabbed my soul. I can’t mention which one of them is my favourite because all of them are great poets and did know how to scribble down their emotion.

One thing in common is that how the sadness of parting paints their poems. Not surprising since
Oct 13, 2010 Amalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Charlotte Bronte had said "The bringing of our little book was hard work. As was to be expected, neither we nor our poems were at all wanted." When I read the poetry I found it so puzzling why so. The Bells' poetry is absulately marvellous. And those of who don't know, this collection is the occasion for the adoption of their pen names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

Anne’s poems (keeping up with the prose styles) comparing with Emily is composed more carefully and less dramatic like "A Reminiscen
Wayne McCoy
Apr 25, 2016 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
'Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters' introduced me to poems written by the three literary sisters. It's a short collection but was enjoyable to read.

The Brontë's famous for writing were among six siblings. They originally published the poems under the names of Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell, perhaps thinking the poems would sell better if buyers thought the authors were men. Perhaps it's fortuitous that the poems didn't sell well, because the Brontës moved on to writing novels. That's not to say the
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jun 24, 2016 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it it was amazing
Written by Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte
Edited by Candace Ward
1899 (reissue January, 2016); 64 Pages
Genre: poetry

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

I have read the Bronte sisters' poetry for a few years now - in collections and online - and have enjoyed it. Now that I have read some of the Brontes' novels I can see more of the individual style they had. The one thing they all have in common is that their poetry has little s
Jan 06, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, brontë
Break my heart in a million pieces! Not only could they write fantastic novels, but the Brontës could write poetry! I have to agree with the critics that I like Emily's poems the best. They are extremely well written and evoke such emotions. From the perspective of someone familiar with the lives of the Brontës, however, Charlotte's two poems (written after Emily died and after Anne died) about the loss of her sisters nearly killed me. Also, Anne's Last Lines (written shortly after Emily died an ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
Obviously, from this review of poetry, Emily was the poet of the family. Her meaning is so dense and complicated and beautiful that it requires digging and concentrated time to understand, but it is wonderful. Much of her work is directly related to the Gondal story cycle she and Anne created while Charlotte and Branwell teamed up for their own Angrian chronicles. Charlotte and Anne are not talentless in poetry--but theirs is much more direct, mundane, and cliche. For one of my recent 10 page re ...more
Jan 13, 2009 Tabitha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bronte /potery lovers
this is a great sampling of the bronte sisters best pomes and for only $2.00 its also a great price too!!
Feb 12, 2016 Debra rated it really liked it
Poetry was on my reading genre list this year (2016). After seeing the title of the book, "Best Poems of the Bronte Sisters", I thought what better way to delve into this genre than read poems from the Bronte sisters. I had read their novels in my early reading years. So this book was a simple choice on my part.

Reading the book on my iPhone and iPad mini had the best readability due to the poems being on photographs and not actual 'pages' in a book. I can understand why the publisher decided to
Katie Regan
Jan 28, 2016 Katie Regan rated it really liked it
The Bronte sisters, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne, born in the early 1800’s in England, are best remembered for works like Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre. In this collection of their poetry, published under gender-concealing pseudonyms, we get an intimate glimpse of their fears, hopes, faith, and desires.

Emily’s poems were my favorite and seemed most vibrant, alive, echoing sounds of nature and real life. Other themes are lost love, death, heaven and hell, and a lot of grief. You do see bursts of
Feb 10, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
This collection is not only for fans of the Bronte Sisters and classic rhyming poetry but also for readers that crave heartbreaking gothic angst. I had never been exposed to these poems and, I must admit, I did not read this collection straight through but spent a little time with it each day. Let yourself experience the meaning and mull the poems over.

These poems are gorgeous and full of the torment that I associate with the Brontes. I always prefer Bronte books on rainy or snowy days with a c
Sara Kay
May 31, 2014 Sara Kay rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt that Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte made a huge impact on modern literature today with their novels...particularly Charlotte's "Jane Eyre", Emily's "Wuthering Heights" and Anne's "Agnes Grey", but what some people don't know is that they were also poets, and published a collection of poetry under their pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. This little book put out by Dover Press gives you a sampling from each Bronte sister (Emily has 23 in this book, she was considered th ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Soudha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read-books
While I adore the Brontë sisters and their novels, I had never actually given their poetry a try prior to reading this book. I was very pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the poems compiled here and I will certainly read more of the Brontë sisters' poetry later. What I loved was how each sister's poetry perfectly reflected her personal writing style, reminiscent of her novel(s) and her life at the time the poems were written. Their grief at the loss of their siblings are a great theme behind ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jan 28, 2016 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing
Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters
by Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Brontë

Dover Publications


Pub Date Jan 15, 2016

I was given a copy of Best Poems of the Bronte Sisters by the publisher and there partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

In this book we get to read a short collection of some The Bronte Sisters best poetry, Poetry that beautifully shows the talent of these famous literary sisters.

Although a short collection these poems have a big impact.

I give
Erika RS
Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters is, not surprisingly, a collection of poems by the Brontë sisters. Many of the poems in this volume were originally published in the book released by the Brontë under the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Generally, I enjoyed reading the poems. However, there was a lot of death. I think I could number on one hand (in unary!) the number of poems in this fifty page volume which were not about death. Oh well, still a good read if you're a fan of any of the Brontë ...more
Lady Jane
Apr 16, 2012 Lady Jane rated it it was amazing
I am charmed by the whimsically paradoxical, stylistically ornate, and ingeniously allusive poetry by Emily Bronte. Her works are best read during spring, when the land is awake and the birds return with their songs of love. Do not confuse my excited description and assume that she is a love poet-- quite the contrary. There is a tinge of melancholy in her verse, but it is in such a perfect dose as to serve merely as a bittersweet ornament to the joys of the season.
Rhonda Browning White
Good poetry in these pages. It was interesting to read poems written by all three sisters and compare their subject matter and poetic styles. My favorite from the book is Emily's "The Prisoner," which makes an impressive statement about the social status of women during that time period.

Recommended, especially to my poet friends.
Jan 05, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I'm not a huge poetry person, but this was a good collection and had a decent number of poems from each sister. I prefer Charlotte's novels, so I was a bit surprised that Emily had the most poems that I liked.

Received from NetGalley.
Jul 24, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: bronte
Dark and mostly about death. But if you read the forward or know the Bronte's life story you understand that they were no strangers to death. However as I was reading the poems i truly felt their grief and almost prediction to their "early" deaths.
Jan 15, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
simply brilliant, what else can it be say about the Brontë sisters?

disclaimer: I received a copy from netgalley for my honest review
Dayna Smith
Aug 31, 2016 Dayna Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A selection of the sisters' very best poems. It is broken into sections by sister. A great introduction to their moving poetry.
I really like a lot of the Bronte sisters poetry! I wish I could have met them, I bet they were awesome that is stop number 2 if I ever get a time machine.
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Emily Jane Brontë was a British novelist and poet, now best remembered for her only novel Wuthering Heights, a classic of English literature. Emily was the second eldest of the three surviving Brontë sisters, being younger than Charlotte Brontë and older than Anne Brontë. She published under the masculine pen name Ellis Bell.

Emily was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire to Patrick Brontë
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