Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Synopsis

Although the Brontes have long fascinated readers of fiction and biography, their poetry was all too little known until this pioneering selection by Stevie Davies, the novelist and critic. Charlotte (1816-1855) is certainly a competent poet, and Anne (1820-1849) developed a distinctive voice, while Emily (1818-1848) is one of the great women poets in English.
Read together with their novels, the poems movingly elucidate the ideas around which the narratives revolve. And they surprise us out of our conventional notions of the sisters' personalities: Emily's rebelliousness, for example, is counterbalanced here by great tenderness.
This selection of over seventy poems gives an idea of the variety of thought and feeling within each author's work, and of the way in which the poems of these three remarkable writers parallel and reflect each other.

Excerpt

My text of the poems by Charlotte and Anne Brontë is based on the Shakespeare Head edition of The Poems of Charlotte Brontë and Patrick Branwell Brontë and The Poems of Emily Jane Brontë and Anne Brontë(Oxford, 1934), edited by T. J. Wise and J. A. Symington. However, for the poems of Emily Jane Bronté, I have used C. W. Hatfield’s invaluable edition of The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë (New York, 1941). Of the wealth of Brontë scholarship, I must particularly mention my debt to F. E. Ratchford’s reconstruction of the Gondal and Angrian stories in The Brontës’ Web of Childhood(New York, 1941) and to W. Gérin’s Charlotte Brontë: The Evolution of Genius (Oxford, 1967).

I should like to thank Rosalie Wilkins for her constant encouragement. And I am deeply grateful to Douglas Brooks for all his kindness, especially in advising me on the preparation of the notes.

Stevie Davies Manchester

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