Patrick Branwell Bronte
Biography of Patrick Branwell Bronte
Patrick Branwell Brontë (26 June 1817 – 24 September 1848) was a painter and poet, the only son of the Brontë family, and the brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Under the collective title Brotherly Sisters, Terence Pettigrew tells the Brontë story in fifty-three individual narrative poems. The collection starts with their father's farewell to his native Ireland in 1802 (The Road From Drumballyroney), includes Branwell's disastrous affair with Lydia Robinson, (In Love And Talking Nonsense) and ends with a poignant description of Anne Brontë's death, in Scarborough, in 1849 (Do Angels Feel The Cold ).
Branwell and his sisters are the central figures in the play The Gales of March written by Lee Bollinger in 1987.
In June 2009 the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth hosted an exhibition entitled Sex, Drugs and Literature - The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë focusing on Branwell's life.
Patrick Branwell Bronte Poems
I knew a flower whose leaves were meant to bloom Till Death should snatch it to adorn the tomb, Now, blanching 'neath the blight of hopeless grief
On Ouse's grassy banks - last Whitsuntide, I sat, with fears and pleasures, in my soul Commingled, as 'it roamed without control,'
I sit, this evening, far away, From all I used to know, And nought reminds my soul to-day
Sir Henry Tunstall (Excerpt)
They fancied, when they saw me home returning, That all my soul to meet with them was yearning, That every wave I'd bless which bore me hither;
I knew a flower whose leaves were meant to bloom
Till Death should snatch it to adorn the tomb,
Now, blanching 'neath the blight of hopeless grief
With never blooming and yet living leaf;
A flower on which my mind would wish to shine,
If but one beam could break from mind like mine:
I had an ear which could on accents dwell
That might as well say 'perish' as 'farewell' -
An eye which saw, far off, a tender form