Friday, May 28, 2010

Anne Bronte

Anne Bronte, the daughter of Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell, was the youngest of six children and one of the three literary Bronte sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne). She was born 17 Jan 1820 in Thornton, but in April of 1820, her father took a permanent position as curate at Haworth. This is the home that Anne would know and where all three Bronte sisters would write their novels. The home is currently preserved as a museum. 
Anne wrote a number of poems and two novels, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  Had she not died of consumption on 28 May 1849, she undoubtedly would have written more wonderful works. Below is a poem of Anne's:


POOR restless dove, I pity thee;
And when I hear thy plaintive moan,
I mourn for thy captivity,
And in thy woes forget mine own.

To see thee stand prepared to fly,
And flap those useless wings of thine,
And gaze into the distant sky,
Would melt a harder heart than mine.
In vainin vain! Thou canst not rise:
Thy prison roof confines thee there;
Its slender wires delude thine eyes,
And quench thy longings with despair.
Oh, thou wert made to wander free
In sunny mead and shady grove,
And, far beyond the rolling sea,
In distant climes, at will to rove!
Yet, hadst thou but one gentle mate
Thy little drooping heart to cheer,
And share with thee thy captive state,
Thou couldst be happy even there.
Yes, even there, if, listening by,
One faithful dear companion stood,
While gazing on her full bright eye,
Thou mightst forget thy native wood.
But thou, poor solitary dove,
Must make, unheard, thy joyless moan;
The heart, that Nature formed to love,
Must pine, neglected, and alone.

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