Anne Bronte

pseudonym - Acton Bell

Picture courtesy of: Mike's Place
by Charlotte Brontë
Signed and dated by Charlotte - 'April 17th. 1833'

Poor restless dove, I pity thee;
And when I hear thy plaintive moan,
I mourn for thy captivity,

by Anne Bronte "The Captive Dove"


Anne Bronte was born January 17, 1820 in Yorkshire, England to Patrick and Maria Branwell Brontë. Said to be the meeker and less talented Bronte sisters, but her novels were sharp and ironic. Anne was the youngest of six children. Her siblings, by age, were Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Branwell, and Emily Jane. Anne was raised in a strict Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt after her mother and two eldest siblings died. Anne was closer to her aunt than her sisters. She was too young at the time of her mothers death to be affected or remember her mother.

As with her sister, she also was largely educated at home, Anne worked as a governess for several years before publishing her first novel, Agnes Grey. The novel did not gain similar success as Emily's Wuthering Heights and Charlotte's Jane Eyre. Her second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was published in 1848 in three volumes and sold well despite the fact that both books were considered more conservative than those of her sisters.

Relatively little is known about Anne Brontë's life. Records indicate where she was and suggest general outlines of what she was doing; her published works may suggest something of her experience and beliefs.

¹ "Anne, dear gentle Anne was quite different in appearance from the others, and she was her aunt's favorite. Her hair was a very pretty light brown, and fell on her neck in graceful curls. She had lovely violet-blue eyes, fine pencilled eyebrows and a clear almost transparent complexion. She still pursued her studies and especially her sewing, under the surveillance of her aunt. " (Chitham, 1991, p. 39)

For many years, Anne Brontë has been remembered primarily as the third Brontë sister, the meek one. Her works have been largely forgotten. This has occurred to a large extent because Anne is very different, as a person and as a writer, from Charlotte and Emily.

³Pencil Stetch
Country Lane and Homestead - 30 May 1836
This picture courtesy:
Mike's Pad -- The Art of Anne Brontë

Anne's religious concerns, reflected in her books and expressed directly in her poems, were not concerns shared by her sisters.

Now, with increasing critical interest in women authors, her life is being reexamined, and her work reevaluated.
In addition to her writing Anne was also a talented artist.( you can view some of her work at Mike's Pad - The Art of Anne Brontë).

Anne died of tuberculosis on May 28, 1849 at Scarborough, where she was buried. Reportedly her last words were, "Take courage, Charlotte, take courage." Her brother, Branwell, and sister Emily died in 1848, and her sister Charlotte died a few year later during her pregnancy.

²Inscription on tombstone:

lie the remains of
Daughter of the
Incumbent of Haworth Yorkshire
She died Aged 28
May 28TH 1849


A Fragment
If This Be All
The Captive Dove
The Arbour


To view more of Anne Bronte poems:
Famous Poets and Poems

To view some of Anne Bronte art:
Mike's Pad


Some more of his poems includes:

A Fragment, A Hymn, A Prayer, A Prisoner in a Dungeon Deep, A Reminiscence, A Voice From The Dungeon, A Word To The 'Elect', A Word To The Calvinists, Alexander And Zenobia An Orphan's Lament, Appeal, Call Me Away, Confidence, Despondency, Domestic Peace, Dreams, Fluctuations, Home, In Memory Of A Happy Day In February, Lines composed in a Wood on a Windy Day, Lines Written From Home, Music On Christmas Morning, My Soul is Awakened, Night, Past Days, Self-congratulation, Stanzas, The Bluebell, The Captive's Dream, The Consolation, The Narrow Way, The Penitent, The Student's Serenade, The Three Guides, Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas, Views Of Life


[Poet's Corner Index]


Reference, Research and Source Information

The History Channel
Net Poets
Mike's Pad
¹ Penn Ditigal Library-Anne Bronte

² Michael Armitage.
"Anne Brontë's Grave - St. Mary's Churchyard"
Retrieved June 18, 2006, Mike's Pad. 1999.

³ Michael Armitage.
"The Art of Anne Brontë"
Retrieved June 18, 2006, Mike's Pad. 1999.

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