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
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.
"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
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
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
REVD. P. BRONTË
Incumbent of Haworth Yorkshire
She died Aged 28
May 28TH 1849
If This Be All
The Captive Dove
To view more of Anne Bronte poems:
Famous Poets and Poems
To view some of Anne Bronte art:
Some more of his poems includes:
A Prisoner in a Dungeon Deep,
A Voice From The Dungeon,
A Word To The 'Elect',
A Word To The Calvinists,
Alexander And Zenobia
An Orphan's Lament,
Call Me Away,
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,
The Captive's Dream,
The Narrow Way,
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
¹ Penn Ditigal Library-Anne Bronte
"Anne Brontë's Grave - St. Mary's Churchyard"
Retrieved June 18, 2006, Mike's Pad. 1999.
"The Art of Anne Brontë"
Retrieved June 18, 2006, Mike's Pad. 1999.
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