Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Complete Poems” as Want to Read:
The Complete Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Complete Poems

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,723 ratings  ·  94 reviews
In 1846 a small book entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bellappeared on the British Literary scene. The three psuedonymous poets, the Bront� sisters went on to unprecedented success with such novels as Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey, and Jane Eyre, all published in the following year.

As children, these English sisters had begun writing poems and stories abotu an imag
Paperback, 262 pages
Published January 4th 1996 by Columbia University Press (first published 1846)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.15  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,723 ratings  ·  94 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Complete Poems
Lucy Powrie
If I could rate this one billion stars, I would. These poems are incredibly precious to me – they've been with me throughout the bad times and the good, ever-present in my life.
There's not a lot I wouldn't do to somehow turn back time and rescue the rest of the Gondal work.
Emily May
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Come, Walk With Me

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
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018

In dungeons dark I cannot sing
In sorrow's thrall 'tis hard to smile
What bird can soar with broken wing
What heart can bleed and joy the while
Jason Gignac
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fill-in-the-gaps
A few months ago, I got a meme in Facebook, asking me to talk about my favorite books. The experience was a very dark, painful afternoon of thinking about books. Books are too much like friends for my relationships to be terribly healthy with - God knows I mistreat my friends. But in that meme, I wrote about Emily Dickinson, about how it was difficult to seperate the woman from the poetry. I have this sort of purist mind that tells me that's asign of weakness, that I'm conflating good writing wi ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madly Jane
Emily Bronte is such a mystery. How could she write such fierce fiction. There is power and deep longing in her poetry especially her Gondal poems which she used for Wuthering Heights. I want to write a story about that! Love her.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Brontë’s poems explore so many mournful, despondent themes- yet somehow to read them was comforting. To read her words was to recognise that someone else felt the pain that you feel. We are not alone, simply human.

Memory is both benign and harrowing. What does it mean to remember past joys? Does it console us by subduing “both grief and passion wild” with remembrance of a happier time? Or does it only accentuate our present sorrow- “if I awake a note / That gave me joy before / Sounds of
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry is hard for me and I think it always will be. Some of these were pure brilliance, but there were a lot and so their quality differed throughout. Although I suppose that's to be expected with any complete works. A must read for Bronte fans, especially if you loved the darkness of Wuthering Heights. . ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

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
Coco’s room
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite poems of all time. Always love to go back on it. I will never be enough 😍
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emily-bronte
One of my favorites --

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
Lapsus Linguae
I've never been a fan of "Wuthering Heights", but I love Emily's poetry. She's one of my most favourite poets. I was so inspired by her poems that I wrote the verses of my own, and I find them... well, promising.

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

Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, classics, poetry
Although I feel quite bad about it, I must admit that I did not like this book much. I love poetry in general and had heard good things about Bronte, but except for a few hidden gems, I did not think this collection was very good.
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
I am not very good with poetry, I really struggle with it. But this was a completely different experience! The strength and the beauty of each of Emily Brontë’s poems are just beyond this world, quite literally. She seems neither with the living nor with the dead. She is her own little force in the moors of Yorkshire, and she takes you into this whirlwind of feelings... I’m not making much sense anymore, that’s how you know it’s good poetry - when you feel a thousand things and cannot really exp ...more
Lorrie | books.and.darjeeling
Writing poetry is a very personal art. The author shares their beliefs, emotions, experiences, even at times, their very heart. It leaves them vulnerable in a way that no novel can. I think that is what I appreciate about poetry most. It is what I love about it.

You certainly find that in Brontë’s poems. There are brilliant ones to be had here. Yet, there is a great deal of repetition of theme, wording, and thought to a good portion of the poems. I enjoyed many, but quickly found the rest too sim
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had Emily Brontë's Complete Poems in my night table for almost a year. I probably will keep it there even now that i've finished it. I like the idea of reading a poem each night like a prayer. ...more
G. Lawrence
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, stunning, stirring
Andy Hickman
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Complete Poems” by Emily Brontë, Janet Gezari (Editor)

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
✨Bean's Books✨
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Her eloquent writing style is enjoyable to read. However I have found the vast majority of her poetry to be very sorrowful & most of it to be on the subject of death. That can be good or bad depending on the reader.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is beautiful, but I do not like it. Poetry is not for me.
Sandy Lender
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I will begin by saying Anne was the truest poet of the three "Bell" sisters, but Emily did a fine and haunting job of setting a scene with her verse. I enjoyed this book immensely. I recommend it to anyone sitting down to a chilly, grey afternoon with a cup of hot cocoa.

It's fabulous!

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
Phil Syphe
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The weather and the seasons feature heavily in this collection, which won't be surprising to anyone familiar with Emily's upbringing near the North Yorkshire moors.

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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some of these were beauties. Quite dark. I'm sure I've read stuff which said that the Bronte sisters kept to themselves their whole lives and never got any. Reading these Emily comes across as a person with life experience as much as the rest of us. ...more
Andy Hickman
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poems by Emily Brontë

Fascinating poems by a fascinating woman 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 they were life to me
And reveled in my cha
E. Mary
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carrie Riley
"No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere..." ...more
william ellison
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ballad Mad

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
This was definitely Emily Bronte's poetry. Wuthering Heights is definitely not my favorite book despite the many copies of it I own, but it is one that I love the mood and aesthetic of. Emily Bronte is perfect at creating a gloomy otherwordly aesthetic out of the moors that her work is set in, and this same quality is present here in her poems.

I have said a million times that I am not one for reading poetry, especially recreationally (although I have actually read three poetry books this year o
Chris Mercado
This was my first foray into Emily Bronte, as I am attempting to get into poetry more in general. This one didn't thrill me.

Firstly, I was not a huge fan of the format. The editor who compiled them kept comparing printed versions versus manuscript versions. So, at the end of most poems, he would list line numbers with the alternate version, but just individual lines, as if I was supposed to go back and compare each line to the different versions, which I was not about to do. Perhaps if you were
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
And first an hour of mournful musing
And then a gush of bitter tears
And then a dreary calm diffusing
Its deadly mist o’er joys and cares

And then a throb and then a lightening
And then a breathing from above
And then a star in heaven brightening
The star the glorious star of love

I read Wuthering Heights for the first time when when I was 14 and I fell in love. In the back of the copy I had there were several of Emily Brontë's poems, and one left a great impression on me. It's not the one above, though
Mariana Cevallos
This book broke me, healed me, filled me with a strange kind of connection and sorrow, totally known and totally new to me.
Something that amazes me, touch my heart till tears and let me without words is the magic, the power of books to dig and get to the bottom of our souls, with a childlike, innocent ease. I think any word I would say to describe the poetry of Emily Brontë would be poor, limited, nonsense. The pain, the beauty, the strong feel of solitude and misfortune in each of her words is
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Professor
  • Agnes Grey
  • Serious Concerns
  • The River Ki
  • Villette
  • Complete Shorter Fiction
  • Collected Poems
  • Complete Poems
  • The Life of Charlotte Brontë
  • Bestiary: Poems
  • Aurora Leigh
  • Shirley
  • Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard
  • North
  • Selected Poems
  • Le Mariage de Figaro
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Selected Poems
See similar books…
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

Related Articles

In 2017, Vanessa Wye is confronted by a woman she does not know, asking Vanessa to join her in coming forward with allegations of inappropriate...
123 likes · 19 comments
“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?” 129 likes
“Riches I hold in light esteem,
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.”
More quotes…