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Poems by Currer Ellis, and Action Bell

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1846)
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Jan 08, 2016 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 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's play a game. Can you guess the Bronte sister from the title of the poem?

I'll make it easier and give you three examples from each of them.

a) Faith and Despondency
A Death Scene
The Prisoner

b) The Wife's Will
The Letter

c) The Student's Life
The Doubter's Prayer
Lines composed in a Wood on a Windy Day

I've picked some pretty representative titles, so if you're at all familiar with their novels, it should be easy to spot who they belong to.

In this collection I learned that I hated Charlot
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desiderato. Cercato, in lungo e in largo; finalmente trovato. Queste sono le fasi che ho attraversato durante la ricerca di questo libro.
Ho amato e amo tuttora i romanzi delle sorelle Brontë e, pur non essendo una lettrice di poesie, ho fortemente desiderato leggere questo volume perché, da loro grande estimatrice quale sono, non potevo di certo lasciarmi sfuggire un volume contenente le poesie da loro scritte prima, durante e dopo la pubblicazione dei loro celebri romanzi.
Ancor prima di inizi
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves the Bronte sisters
Shelves: poetry
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 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiffany Huffman (perfictionist.tiff)
First, my favorite poem:
My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring
And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze;
For above and around me the wild wind is roaring, Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.

The long withered grass in the sunshine is glancing, The bare trees are tossing their branches on high; The dead leaves beneath them are merrily dancing, The white clouds are scudding across the blue sky

I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing
The foam of its billows to whirlwinds of spra
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
This volume of poetry containing poems from all three Bronte sisters was first published in 1846. It sold two copies. Not discouraged, they continued to write (thank goodness) and the following year saw the publication of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey. The following year Emily died (Dec 1848) and six months later Anne died (May 1849). If these sisters had lived to even age 50, it staggers the mind to think what they may have contributed to the world of literature. As it is, the fe ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is my first experience reading poetry. I enjoy the Bronte Sisters style of writing and thought this might be a nice beginning point for me. I found that I had to read the poems occasionally and individually. At first I found my self reading the poem out loud so I could find its cadence. Once I caught the rhythm I would begin again this time listening to the words.

I was divided in my reactions. Some I loved, some I liked, and some I simply scanned. There were several of Charlotte's that touc
Wayne McCoy
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 lit
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Brontës by Pamela Norris is a collection of selected poems from not only the Bronte sisters, but also certain poems from their brother Patrick Branwell Brontë. According to the introduction, Patrick Bronte was a good poet, but did not reach the level of sophistication of his sisters. Emily Brontë, according to Norris, is the most accomplished of the poets in terms of grasping meter and other components of poetry. Anne Brontë is the most accessible, and readers often find it easier to emotion ...more
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeanine Lent
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful collection of poems, written by Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronte. They are wonderful poems, intensely emotional. I have never been much of a fan, when it came to poetry, in general. However, since I loved the novels written by each of the Bronte sisters, I decided to read their poems as well. I was certainly not disappointed, but pleasantly surprised. I have read this book several times over already. I had taken this book out of the public library, but I would like to buy a ...more
Nov 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So all three sisters contribute poems to this collection. I found it interesting that while I prefer the other sisters as authors, it was Emily's poems that I really enjoyed in this collection.
I liked Charlotte's for her language, and Anne's for her optimistic content. Emily was somewhere in between.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brontes wrote poems before they started writing novels. My favorite poem was by Charlotte Bronte called "Presentiment".
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brontes were truly gifted...
Sarah Holz
As many of these poems straddle the line between the juvenilia of the Brontes and their more mature works, the quality is uneven, but the collection is an important component of understanding the sisters' evolution as writers. Naturally, they are at their best when they forget the standard conventions of contemporary poetry and play to their individual strengths: Charlotte when she allows her passion to mix freely with her imagination ('Pilate's Wife's Dream'); Emily when she writes of her belov ...more
Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell by The Bronte Sisters - Good

I find reading poetry, page after page, difficult, so I've been reading this a poem at a time over a number of months. That makes it difficult to review specific poems or authors. What I will say is that I decided to read this for two reasons, one: the 2017 reading challenge included reading a book of poems, secondly: I watched a dramatisation about the Bronte sisters, heard one of them reciting a poem she'd written and decided th
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowing the history of the Brontës made reading their poems a little too depressing for me - the hopelessness and loneliness were all too real. Of course, the poetry was interesting and well done, but often the subject matter was melancholy.
Rebekah May
I've been meaning to read this for a while now, mainly for Emily's poems, and I actually really enjoyed it. I don't usually read poetry, so I can't comment on how good these are technically speaking, but I really liked them either way. I was pleasantly surprised with Anne's poetry and a little bit disappointed with Charlotte's (though hers were still good, but not as great as her novels, for me) and, of course, I loved Emily's.

I really liked the poems of Emily's and Anne's that Charlotte picked
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Brontë's part was the nicest of the Brontë sisters' poetic heritage. As for the content of their verses, it's deeply religious and not appealing at all. At least, Emily did the best job not to assail non-Christians in her lines.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Bronte is a particularly great poet, with extremely abstract and otherworldly pieces that move beyond this realm in a beautiful, tragic and fascinating way..
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While I am a fan of the Bronte sisters, this was my first time to read much poetry by them. I really enjoyed this collection and was glad to find something new to me to read by them.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Melodramatic and suffering from a lack of subtlety or depth. More interesting from a historical/biographical perspective than as poetry, per se.
Janille N G
~ There are very few literary works by Charlotte Brontë that I haven’t read. I’ve read all of her famous novels (Fun Fact: Other than Jane Eyre, the ultimate Victorian romance, Shirley is my favourite, which is a rather unpopular opinion among Victorianists!), and I’ve also read several biographies of her life. Having said that, it is a wonder to me that I hadn’t gotten around to reading her poetry until this week. I’ve been immersed in Claire Harman’s new biography Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Hea ...more
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