poet Emily Jane Brontë

Emily Jane Brontë

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[long Neglect Has Worn Away]

Long neglect has worn away
Half the sweet enchanting smile;
Time has turned the bloom to gray;
Mold and damp the face defile.

But that lock of silky hair,
Still beneath the picture twined,
Tells what once those features were,
Paints their image on the mind.

Fair the hand that traced that line,
“Dearest, ever deem me true”;
Swiftly flew the fingers fine
When the pen that motto drew.

Poem Submitted: Monday, December 19, 2011

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  • Anonimous (1/27/2020 3:28:00 AM)

    I don’t get it

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/9/2019 11:53:00 PM)

    Fading of a beauty due to long negalect is not uncommon but it still retains tale telll marks of beauty with it. Well deserved classic poem of the day.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/9/2019 11:07:00 PM)

    Fair the hand that traced that line,
    “Dearest, ever deem me true”;
    Swiftly flew the fingers fine
    When the pen that motto drew. ///// beautiful poetic expression

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  • David OgollaDavid Ogolla (10/9/2019 10:59:00 PM)

    this is a beautiful piece, but takes skills to understand

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/9/2019 7:27:00 PM)

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Bronte Family in the UK for being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day bt Poem Hunter and Team. Hurray! Thank you so much for sharing. May she rest in peace.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/9/2019 7:24:00 PM)

    (2) In those days, hygiene was still a long way off, by the way not only in England, but hygiene was still on the back burner throughout the world, which is why many children died in the Bronté house and this poem is about aging or about an illness she had seen. Beautiful words as I know hers. Excellent poem and oft so touching. CONGRATS.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/9/2019 7:22:00 PM)

    Emily Bronte, a classic name I know so well. Each time I read a poem of her, I get oft a great smile,
    all so familiar, all too known, since she was on my study list at the university, she and her sisters all known by me.
    A true pleasure to read any of her poems. Her words “Dearest, ever deem me true”; represents her era of writing-art

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  • Banamala SenBanamala Sen (10/9/2019 6:58:00 PM)

    But that lock of silky hair,
    Still beneath the picture twined,
    Tells what once those features were,
    Paints their image on the mind.

    How enchanting lines! Emily Bronte is unique in her own way!

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  • Malabika Ray ChoudhuryMalabika Ray Choudhury (10/9/2019 6:53:00 PM)

    A lovely smile worn out by neglect and time - depicted with a sad note, a sadness which is typical of Emily Bronte!

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (10/9/2019 5:06:00 PM)

    How refreshing to read such an in-depth poem that emphasizes the immortality of love. I'm not certain which of the two sisters I like better, Emily or Charlotte. They're both great writers. : -)

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/9/2019 11:38:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem bearing sadness has been so touchingly and incisively delineated by Emily Jane Brontë, May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (10/9/2019 9:49:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Loved the last stanza. I am inspired to look more of her poems.

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  • Alouwou Mandjah (10/9/2019 9:19:00 AM)

    Fair the hand that traced that line,
    “Dearest, ever deem me true”;
    Swiftly flew the fingers fine
    When the pen that motto drew.

    nicely done! thanks for sharing

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (10/9/2019 8:00:00 AM)

    That is true. Beauty fades away as we grow old. But true love never go away. A very nice poem about the reality of life. Enjoyed thoroughly.

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  • Uche NwanzeUche Nwanze (10/9/2019 6:09:00 AM)

    ' fair the hand that traced that line,
    " Dearest, ever deem me true" .
    Swiftly flew the fingers fine.
    When the pen that motto drew'.

    A fascinating poem deserving of POD

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (10/9/2019 4:48:00 AM)

    Surely beauty do fade with time but the traces of beauty still remain. Beautiful poem.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (10/9/2019 4:16:00 AM)

    A Poem full of sadness and lamenting. CONGRATULATIONS to the family of the great and famous poetess
    EMILY JANE BRONTE in the UK Hurray, The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! Dated Wednesday 9 Oct 2019

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  • Katherine512 (10/9/2019 12:40:00 AM)

    nice amazing love it

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