The Complete Poems
As children, these English sisters had begun writing poems and stories abotu an imag ...more
There's not a lot I wouldn't do to somehow turn back time and rescue the rest of the Gondal work.
Come, walk with me,
There's only thee
To bless my spirit now -
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -
Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine stea ...more
I have finally done it: I've read Emily's poetry in its entirety (well except the lost ones). This collection is brilliant for those of you who want to read Emily's poetry. Janet Gezari has spilt Emily's verse into 5 categories: poems published in 1846, dated poems, undated poems, poems of doubtful authorship and poems as edited by Charlotte in 1850. This makes reading them much more enjoyable as you can watch Emily's writing develop and see how she begins to experiment ...more
-Repetitive. She keeps using the same words over and over and over, to the point of total, shallow mannerism);
- Merely descriptive poetry. Always the same landscape, seen from one single point of view, with a weak stereotypical connection between feelings and nature (kind of a tamed version of German Romanticism plus English Pre-Raphaelite 'topoi');
- Most poems were supposed to be part of a bigger prose-poetry work that never saw the light of day (thank God) an ...more
No coward soul of mine
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere;
I see Heaven glories shine
And Faith shines equal arming me from Fear.
O God within my breast,
Almighty ever-present Deity;
Life, that in me hast rest
As I -- Undying Life -- have power in Thee.
Vain are the thousand creeds
That move men's hearts -- unutterably vain,
Worthless as withered weeds
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main --
To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by thy infinity
So surely anchored on
The s ...more
Of long ago there is the world
That always speak to me -
The prose of Anne and verse of Emily.
Like see-breeze fresh, like gull's scream bold
Two novels. One thunder-blast, the earth of pain,
Wild winter rose in bloom,
Another is a sun-ray, shining through the gloom.
And poems - li
I generally think that the poems are very repetitive. The same themes appear over and over again and are, moreover, dealt with in a relatively superficial way. That is to say, a great deal of Bronte's writing is merely descriptive.
Additionally, while Bronte mostly stick ...more
Fascinating poems by a fascinationg women who was fascinated by winter, death, solitude, love, nature and stars. *****
“STARS” (1846) by Emily Brontë
Ah! why, because the dazzling sun
Restored my earth to joy
Have you departed, every one,
And left a desert sky?
All through the night, your glorious eyes
Were gazing down in mine,
And with a full heart's thankful sighs
I blessed that watch divine!
I was at peace, and drank your beams
As the ...more
She YEARNED for home when she wasn't there...and begged it to hold her when she was. Emily Bronte was amazing.
We have to put our best guess for a date that we first read these books. I received it as a Christmas pre ...more
I didn't realise just how much poetry Emily had produced until I read this collection. It's a pity she didn't write the equivalent in prose - I state this as a person who doesn't actually like poetry, but being a fan of the Brontës, I decided to read their poems around the times of each sister's birthday.
Compared to her siblings, I t ...more
Moved by the recent BBC drama I resolved to explore the lesser known works of the B sisters. In Emily's case this meant the poems and after ploughing through the no doubt interesting textual introduction I immediately fell in love with the poetry itself and with the Emily it revealed. Typically balladic or common metre they hark back to old English folk songs and ballads as much as to those Lyrical. Moreover they work out many of the themes and images that found such perfect expression ...more
like i said, great wr ...more
They are captivating, fluent to read.
My favorites are "Anticipation", "Hope", "Lines".
There are a few quotes I particularly loved:
"Hope soothes me in the griefs I know,
She lulls my pain for others' woe,
And makes me strong to undergo
What I am born to bear."
"Now trust a heart that trusts in you
And firmly say the world Adieu
Be sure wherever I am roam
My heart is with your heart at home."
On top of that a lot of the poems in the collection are from a play she wrote with her two sisters.
Despite the issues I had with the collection there are some poems I really loved.
Emily was born in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire to Patrick Brontë ...more
And love I laugh to scorn,
And lust of fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn.
And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is, 'Leave the heart that now I bear,
And give me liberty!'
Yes, as my swift days near their goal,
'Tis all that I implore -
In life and death, a chainless soul,
With courage to endure.”