Emily Jane Brontë

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

I Am The Only Being Whose Doom - Poem by Emily Jane Brontë

I am the only being whose doom
No tongue would ask no eye would mourn
I never caused a thought of gloom
A smile of joy since I was born

In secret pleasure - secret tears
This changeful life has slipped away
As friendless after eighteen years
As lone as on my natal day

There have been times I cannot hide
There have been times when this was drear
When my sad soul forgot its pride
And longed for one to love me here

But those were in the early glow
Of feelings since subdued by care
And they have died so long ago
I hardly now believe they were

First melted off the hope of youth
Then Fancy's rainbow fast withdrew
And then experience told me truth
In mortal bosoms never grew

'Twas grief enough to think mankind
All hollow servile insincere -
But worse to trust to my own mind
And find the same corruption there


Comments about I Am The Only Being Whose Doom by Emily Jane Brontë

  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (1/6/2020 4:54:00 PM)

    It seemed the woman was forewarned she would only live a short life. It gives me chills up my spine. (Report)Reply

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  • Shaily Maulik Shah (3/5/2018 8:34:00 PM)

    Beautifully arranged with strong negation (Report)Reply

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  • Marko Duvnjak (6/28/2015 2:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem, from a poet I have stupidly missed. (Report)Reply

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  • Sossi KhachadourianSossi Khachadourian (12/20/2014 11:02:00 AM)

    First melted off the hope of youth
    Then Fancy's rainbow fast withdrew
    And then experience told me truth
    In mortal bosoms never grew
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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/20/2014 9:32:00 AM)

    Expressions of feeling the mental agony beautifully made into a poem and it is very interesting. (Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (12/20/2014 9:01:00 AM)

    But worst to trust to my own mind.......poignant expressions. Very nice poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (12/20/2014 2:22:00 AM)

    Mental agony due to arrow headed from all side nice porm thank for share (Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (12/20/2014 1:04:00 AM)

    First melted off the hope of youth
    Then Fancy's rainbow fast withdrew
    And then experience told me truth
    In mortal bosoms never grew

    Excellent spontaneity to open the gate of heart to utter some truth. Last stanza glittering its height.
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  • Melikhaya ZagaganaMelikhaya Zagagana (11/29/2014 5:48:00 AM)

    No doubt this lady had had painful days on earth to the final day she departed, i have been following on her story and life. She was such a marvel and lacked support in a world dominated by the worst of man, publishing can be a nightmare when you dont have worse encounters. (Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/6/2014 3:36:00 AM)

    But worse to trust my own mind.......Nice poetry. (Report)Reply

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  • Christopher MooreChristopher Moore (12/20/2013 9:25:00 PM)

    Very good...inbox me sometimes :) (Report)Reply

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  • Arabella Underwood (12/20/2013 7:13:00 AM)

    I love your poem! You have the talent to tell a poem like story and making it seem effortless. Could you please help me with my poem? It's called Fairies. Actually I would like everyone who reads this comment to please check out my poem and preferably give me some feedback. (Report)Reply

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  • Ivana Ivana (10/1/2013 11:55:00 PM)

    Wonderful & painful. I can relate. This poem is woefully underrated. (Report)Reply

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  • David MclanskyDavid Mclansky (12/20/2012 4:45:00 AM)

    We cpllude in our own destruction. Brilliant and unexpected. (Report)Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal(11/4/2016 11:53:00 PM)

    Nice one I agree

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  • Fab Couture (12/20/2012 3:01:00 AM)

    Nice u did good girl go girl go fog (Report)Reply

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  • Bill Grace (12/21/2011 10:13:00 PM)

    Incredible poem! Agree with Ramesh and fleur. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (12/21/2011 2:04:00 AM)

    Grief of a lonesome woman no one will like experience in life! A bitter truth is wonderfully expressed in this poem! (Report)Reply

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  • fleur de lys (6/5/2010 6:13:00 AM)

    A very powerful outpouring, haunting and unforgettable. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Monday, December 19, 2011


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