Charlotte Brontë Poems
- Life LIFE, believe, is not a dream So dark as sages ...
- Parting THERE'S no use in weeping, Though we are condemned ...
- Evening Solace THE human heart has hidden treasures, In ...
- Regret Long ago I wished to leave " The house where I was ...
- Passion SOME have won a wild delight, By daring wilder ...
- On The Death Of Anne Brontë THERE 's little joy in life for ...
- Mementos ARRANGING long-locked drawers and shelves Of ...
Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood, whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell.
Early life and education
Charlotte was born in Thornton, Yorkshire in 1816, the third of six children, to Maria (née Branwell) and her husband Patrick Brontë (formerly surnamed Brunty or Prunty), an Irish Anglican clergyman. In 1820, the family moved a few miles to the village of Haworth, where Patrick had been appointed Perpetual Curate of St Michael and All Angels Church. Charlotte's mother died of cancer on 15 September 1821, leaving five daughters and... more »
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You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's stre...Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), British novelist. Eliza Reed to her sister Georgiana, in Jane Eyre, ch. 21 (1847).
Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after- flavour, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poiso...Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), British novelist. Jane Eyre, ch. 4 (1847).
''Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.''Charlotte Brontë (1816-55), British novelist. Jane Eyre, ch. 21 (1847). "Deglutition" means the action of swallowing [OED]...
''Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.''Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), British novelist. Jane Eyre, ch. 29 (1847).
''It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.''Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), British novelist. Jane Eyre, ch. 12 (1847).
LIFE, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall ?
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Enjoy them as they fly !
What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away ?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O'er hope, a heavy sway ?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she ...