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The Monday Poem > June 4th 2018 - Emily Brontë, To Imagination

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message 1: by Manuel (last edited Jun 04, 2018 05:31AM) (new)

Manuel | 51 comments TO IMAGINATION.

When weary with the long day's care,
⁠And earthly change from pain to pain,
And lost and ready to despair,
⁠Thy kind voice calls me back again:
Oh, my true friend! I am not lone,
While thou canst speak with such a tone!

So hopeless is the world without;
⁠The world within I doubly prize;
Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt,
⁠And cold suspicion never rise;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.

What matters it, that, all around,
⁠Danger, and guilt, and darkness lie,
If but within our bosom's bound
⁠We hold a bright, untroubled sky,
Warm with ten thousand mingled rays
Of suns that know no winter days?

Reason, indeed, may oft complain
⁠For Nature's sad reality,
And tell the suffering heart, how vain
⁠Its cherished dreams must always be;
And Truth may rudely trample down
The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown:

But, thou art ever there, to bring
⁠The hovering vision back, and breathe
New glories o'er the blighted spring,
⁠And call a lovelier Life from Death,
And whisper, with a voice divine,
Of real worlds, as bright as thine.

I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
⁠Yet, still, in evening's quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
⁠I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!


Emily Brontë, To Imagination (Ellis Bell was Emily's pen name)

message 2: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 316 comments I'm thrilled to see this poem, Manuel! I just discovered it when reading Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters recently. It was a favorite, and I think it would be a wonderful poem to memorize some day. Thanks so much for posting. :-)

message 3: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 1024 comments That's a very beautiful poem. I had not read it before. I love the contrasts she sets up between the real world and the world of the imagination. Thank you for sharing it, Manuel.

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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12291 comments Mod
Thank you for posting your choice, Manuel. I enjoyed reading this poem; I had learned that Bronte had done poetry while I was studying Victorian literature but never got around to reading any of it until now.

message 5: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Lovely poem, Manuel. So heartfelt.

message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 20 comments Thank you for sharing. Loved it.

message 7: by Joan (new)

Joan Audio Read by Eve Karpf - a British actress

I especially liked
The world within I doubly prize;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.

I thought the Brontes had miserable childhoods but It seems that is a myth,
....The Poetry Foundation

Although her mother died when Emily was 2, she had a “caring and attentive father” and a “perfectly normal childhood”.

message 8: by Joan (new)

Joan Geeky question alert!!!

This poem feels traditional/vintage to me.
Do you think that is because I knew the author’s name, or the rhyming style, or the rhythm or something else?

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