Charlotte Brontë

(21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855 / Yorkshire, England)

Passion - Poem by Charlotte Brontë

SOME have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;
Could I gain thy love to-night,
I'd hazard death to-morrow.

Could the battle-struggle earn
One kind glance from thine eye,
How this withering heart would burn,
The heady fight to try !

Welcome nights of broken sleep,
And days of carnage cold,
Could I deem that thou wouldst weep
To hear my perils told.

Tell me, if with wandering bands
I roam full far away,
Wilt thou, to those distant lands,
In spirit ever stray ?

Wild, long, a trumpet sounds afar;
Bid me­bid me go
Where Seik and Briton meet in war,
On Indian Sutlej's flow.

Blood has dyed the Sutlej's waves
With scarlet stain, I know;
Indus' borders yawn with graves,
Yet, command me go !

Though rank and high the holocaust
Of nations, steams to heaven,
Glad I'd join the death-doomed host,
Were but the mandate given.

Passion's strength should nerve my arm,
Its ardour stir my life,
Till human force to that dread charm
Should yield and sink in wild alarm,
Like trees to tempest-strife.

If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
Darest thou turn aside ?
Darest thou, then, my fire reprove,
By scorn, and maddening pride ?

No­my will shall yet control
Thy will, so high and free,
And love shall tame that haughty soul­
Yes­tenderest love for me.

I'll read my triumph in thine eyes,
Behold, and prove the change;
Then leave, perchance, my noble prize,
Once more in arms to range.

I'd die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life's dull dregs only lie.

Then Love thus crowned with sweet reward,
Hope blest with fulness large,
I'd mount the saddle, draw the sword,
And perish in the charge !


Comments about Passion by Charlotte Brontë

  • (7/14/2017 4:30:00 PM)


    The author of the semi-autobiographical novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë possessed a deeply passionate heart being revealed in all her works. As a child, she started to play with wooden soldiers and to construct an illusory world, named Angria, about which she began to write in great detail. In 1849, Charlotte traveled to London and began to move in literary circles, where she met Thackeray. The great discrepancy between the society described by Thackeray and the ideal of Brontë is a stimulus for a fighting attitude Charlotte had in her poetry, also in her novels like Shirley and Villette.
    Even so, this kind of fight embraced a pacifist point of view while dreaming of a true love as fiery as it was described in the stories she had written.
    Could the battle-struggle earn
    One kind glance from thine eye,
    How this withering heart would burn,
    The heady fight to try!
    The conflict between love and independence has no solution.
    Wild, long, a trumpet sounds afar;
    Bid me­bid me go
    Where Seik and Briton meet in war,
    On Indian Sutlej's flow.
    The tension between sexual energies and social realities is projected far away, in another space. She needs a comparison and a need to run from her own problems. Love and liberty need sacrifice,
    Blood has dyed the Sutlej's waves
    With scarlet stain, I know;
    While expecting a child, Charlotte caught pneumonia. Even her illness could have been cured, Charlotte had consciously or unconsciously an opportunity to think of her ending moment in life, thus she died.She couldn't win this battle with death. A reason can be her secluded life in the wilds of Yorkshire together with her sisters, her drug addicted brother, and an eccentric father.
    Tell me, if with wandering bands
    I roam full far away,
    Wilt thou, to those distant lands,
    In spirit ever stray?

    Charlotte took up her pen to reveal the truth about her life fulfilled with feelings, desires, triumphs and many disappointments. An impossible love saved Jane Eyre but didn't save the author; remained, in reality, a secret passion for a man she could never have.Thus, the relationship with Mr. Arthur Bell Nichols has developed intensely and dramatically from the moment he became her husband.
    Both felt the pull of individual self-development against the wish for emotional fulfillment.
    If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
    Darest thou turn aside?
    Darest thou, then, my fire reprove,
    By scorn, and maddening pride?
    In fact, it was a fight to live. She died while being pregnant.
    Then Love thus crowned with sweet reward,
    Hope blest with fulness large,
    I'd mount the saddle, draw the sword,
    And perish in the charge!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/14/2017 10:17:00 AM)


    A wild delight! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/14/2017 1:07:00 AM)


    Depression is a sign of having no faith in God.... Thanks for posting👍 (Report) Reply

    Lantz Pierre Lantz Pierre (7/14/2017 4:26:00 AM)

    Your statement grows from the fetid manure of ignorance inculcated by religion. Depression is a serious medical condition and bears no relation to anyone's faith or lack of faith in a supreme deity. Do not pollute the hard won and well reasoned advances of science and medicine with the willful fictions of religion. Your statement is not only offensive, it is dangerous.

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/14/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    A poem of its time full of angst. (Report) Reply

  • (6/29/2006 12:26:00 AM)


    I adore this poem. The speaker is so desperate and hopeless for the attention of her love interest. She conveys that she is willing to do anything for it. What young woman hasn't felt that way at some point? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2001



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