Emily Jane Bronte
pseudonym - Ellis Bell
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And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is, "Leave the heart that now I bear,
And give me liberty!"
by Emily Bronte "The Old Stoic"
Emily Jane Brontė was born 30 July 1818, fifth child of
the Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Brontė. Maria died
when Emily was only three. Said to be the brightest, most intense,
and most difficult of the Brontes. Emily was raised in a strict
Anglican home by her clergyman father and a religious aunt after
her mother and two eldest siblings died. The Bronte's had five
daughters, and a son, Branwell.
In 1824 Emily and Charlotte join their older sisters, Elizabeth and
Maria, at the infamous Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge,
Lancashire, which is depicted in Jane Eyre,
where they had the run of their father's books, and were thus
nurtured on the Bible, Homer, Virgil, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron,
Sir Walter Scott and many others.
She briefly attended school with her elder sister Charlotte, but
spent most of her formative years at home in Yorkshire.
To escape their unhappy childhood, Anne, Emily, Charlotte and their
brother Branwell created imaginary worlds.
With her sister Anne, to whom she was particularly close,
Emily created a fantasy land inspired by the reading of works
such as Arabian Nights.
She was a silent and reserved person, without close friends.
In 1835 Emily attended school at Roe Head, but suffered from
homesickness and returned after a few months to the moorland
scenery of home. In 1837 she became a governess at Law Hill,
near Halifax, where she spent six months. To facilitate their
plan to keep a school for girls, Emily and Charlotte Brontė went
in 1842 to Brussels to learn foreign languages and school management.
Emily returned on the same year to Haworth, where she stayed for
the rest of her brief life.
Today remembered chiefly as the author of the eighteenth-century
romance Wuthering Heights (1847), set in her native Yorkshire.
Emily's novel did not gain
the immediate success that Charlotte's Jane Eyre did, but it has
attained later fame as one of the most intense novels written in
the English language. She wrote nearly two hundred poems.
After three years of excessive indulgence in alcohol and drugs,
Branwell, Emily's brother, dies on September 24. Emily takes ill (caught a cold
that deteriorated into tuberculosis)
at his funeral, refuses all medical aid, died on December 19, 1848
at the age of 30.
She is buried
beside her brother, mother, and other sisters at Haworth parsonage.
(Anne died the following year, and in 1855, Charlotte died during her
How Clear She Shines
The Old Stoic
Plead for Me
To view more of Emily Bronte poems:
Famous Poets and Poems
Some more of his poems includes:
At Castle Wood,
A Day Dream,
Faith And Despondency,
A Little While, A Little While,
Loud Without The Wind Was Roaring,
Love And Friendship,
No Coward Soul Is Mine,
Oh, For the Time When I Shall Sleep,
Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee,
Speak, God of Visions,
The Elder's Rebuke,
The Lady To Her Guitar,
The Two Children,
The Wanderer From The Fold,
Warning And Reply
[Poet's Corner Index]
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