Emily Jane Brontë

(30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848 / Thornton / Yorkshire)

Emily Jane Brontë
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Emily Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

Biography

Emily Brontë was born on 30 July 1818 in Thornton, near Bradford in Yorkshire, to Maria Branwell and Patrick Brontë. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë 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 gifts ... more »

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  • I'll walk where my own nature would be leading:
    It vexes me to choose another guide:
    Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding;
    Where the wild wind blows on the mountain-si...
    Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British poet, novelist. Often rebuked, yet always back returning (l. 13-16). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë...
  • ''I'll walk, but not in old heroic traces,
    And not in paths of high morality,
    And not among the half-distinguished faces,
    The clouded forms of long-past history.''
    Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British poet, novelist. Ofte rebuked, yet always back returning (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë. ...
  • Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee,
    While the world's tide is bearing me along;
    Sterner desires and darker hopes beset me,
    Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wron...
    Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British poet, novelist. Remembrance (l. 13-16). . . Attributed to "Ellis Bell" (pseud.) The Complete Poems of Emily Jane...
  • ''No other sun has lightened up my heaven,
    No other star has ever shone for me;
    All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given,
    All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee.''
    Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British poet, novelist. Remembrance (l. 17-20). . . Attributed to "Ellis Bell" (pseud.) The Complete Poems of Emily Jane...
  • ''And, even yet, I dare not let it languish,
    Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain;
    Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish,
    How could I seek the empty world again?''
    Emily Brontë (1818-1848), British poet, novelist. Remembrance (l. 29-32). . . Attributed to "Ellis Bell" (pseud.) The Complete Poems of Emily Jane...
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  • Rookie - 876 Points Melikhaya Zagagana (8/30/2014 7:19:00 AM)

    In Emily Jane Bronte's Intro-biography in Wuthering Heights she was born on the 18th of July 1818. Here the dates had been postponed to the 30th, is a misprint?

  • Rookie - 876 Points Gloria Nisbet (12/20/2013 5:52:00 PM)

    Like to read all her works/poems

  • Rookie - 876 Points John Kim (12/20/2011 10:02:00 PM)

    When I was youth, I loved Emily Jane Bronte so I wanted to marrage with her. I thought that to go bac to the past by time machine.
    Now I love her.

  • Rookie - 876 Points fleur de lys (6/5/2010 7:16:00 AM)

    No other soul has echoed the feelings of my own heart so consistently as this lady.

  • Rookie - 3 Points Emily Oldham (9/27/2008 9:09:00 AM)

    I was wrong. the poem 'silent is the house' is on here, its just under the title 'the visionary'.

  • Rookie - 3 Points Florencia Medrano (3/17/2008 4:11:00 PM)

    The following poem was written by Emily Brontë; (Born in Irland- 1818- and died at the age of thirty- 1848) .
    Most of her poetry reflected her life. A passionate woman thou silent, reserved and loner, therefore sad and sorrow.
    'I am the only being whose doom' have six stanza; the rhyme and rythem follow a regular scheme; and the use of figures of speech give a particular tender to it.
    The persona in the poem describes her reflection towards the world. A young girl- eighteen years- who realize youth is more than hopes and dreams.
    It implies truth and pain. Taking into account the fifth stanza: ' First melted off the hope of youth, then fancy's rainbow fast withdrew; and then experience told me truth in mortal bosoms never grew.'
    Her life have had more downs than ups, as she continuously mentions unhappy adjetives, such us: (doom, gloom, sad, drear, hollow) .
    The reader can tell that the persona's lack of affection when it says: ' As lone as on my natal day.' A simile that gives life to the poem.
    She seems to prefere death than life- ' No tongue would ask, no eye would mourn.'- a strong metaphor to make clear her whole idea; not only death but loneliness.
    Finally, the last stanza emphasise on a corrupted world- hollow, servile, insencere- which makes us forget our human essence becoming selfisk people; as she is 'friendless'.

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