Emily Jane Brontė Poems

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Emily Jane Brontė
Emily Jane Brontė (July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848) 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 Brontė sisters, being younger than Charlotte and older than Anne. She published under the masculine pen name Ellis Bell. Emily was born in [Thornton, Bradford,Thornton], near [Bradford] in [Yorkshire] to [Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontė and the fifth of six children. In 1824, the family moved to Haworth, where Emily's father was perpetual curate, and it was in these surroundings that their literary oddities flourished. In childhood, after the death of their mother, the three sisters and their brother Patrick Branwell Brontė created imaginary lands (Angria, Gondal, Gaaldine, Oceania), which were featured in stories they wrote. Little of Emily's work from this period survived, except for poems spoken by characters (The Brontės' Web of Childhood, Fannie Ratchford, 1941). In 1842, Emily commenced work as a governess at Miss Patchett's Ladies Academy at Law Hill School, near Halifax, leaving after about six months due to homesickness. Later, with her sister Charlotte, she attended a private school in Brussels. They later tried to open up a school at their home, but had no pupils. It was the discovery of Emily's poetic talent by her family that led her and her sisters, Charlotte and Anne, to publish a joint collection of their poetry in 1846, Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. To evade contemporary prejudice against female writers, the Brontė sisters adopted androgynous first names. All three retained the first letter of their first names: Charlotte became Currer Bell, Anne became Acton Bell, and Emily became Ellis Bell. In 1847, she published her only novel, Wuthering Heights, as two volumes of a three volume set (the last volume being Agnes Grey by her sister Anne). Its innovative structure somewhat puzzled critics. Although it received mixed reviews when it first came out, the book subsequently became an English literary classic. In 1850, Charlotte edited and published Wuthering Heights as a stand-alone novel and under Emily's real name. Like her sisters, Emily's health had been weakened by the harsh local climate at home and at school. She caught a chill during the funeral of her brother in September, and, having refused all medical help, died on December 19, 1848 of tuberculosis. She was interred in the Church of St. Michael and All Angels family capsule, Haworth, West Yorkshire, England.

warm summer sun
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.... [read poem]
the red wheelbarrow
so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain
water... [read poem]
hunters in the snow
The over-all picture is winter
icy mountains
in the background the return
from the hu... [read poem]
the night is darkening round me
THE night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow ;
But a tyrant spell has b... [read poem]
the artist
Mr T.
in a soiled undershirt
his h... [read poem]
this is just to say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were pro... [read poem]
As the cat
climbed over
the top of

the jamcloset
first the right
fore... [read poem]
overture to a dance of locomotives
Men with picked voices chant the names
of cities in a huge gallery: promises
that pull thr... [read poem]
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