Anne Bronte

Although perhaps not as well known as her sisters, Charlotte and Emily, Anne Bronte was nevertheless a part of the most famous family in English literary history. She was the most conservative writer and was best known for her novels. Anne Bronte was born in Thornton in orkshire, England on !anuary "#th, "$%&.She began writing at an early age. Along with Emily, she created an imaginary world called 'ondal. Both sisters wrote stories and poems about this world from childhood and into the "$(&s. )n "$(*, Anne+,s poetry was published alongside with Charlotte and Emily under the pseudonyms of Acton, Ellis and Currer Bell. The sisters employed the pseudonyms to make them sound more masculine, and thus more appealing to potential readers, in a practice common amongst female authors at that time. The volume was known simply as Poems. Poems was anything but a success, selling -ust two copies, but it did give Anne the impetus to write her first novel. Agnes Grey was published in .ecember "$(#. The novel followed the life of a governess, drawing on her own e/periences in that profession and her bitterness. Although Agnes Grey was not a great critical success, her second and final novel sold e/tremely well. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was released as three volumes in "$($. Anne was diagnosed with tuberculosis in !anuary "$(0. )n an attempt to beat it, she departed for Scarborough with Charlotte and Ellen 1usey, a family friend, in 2ay. )t temporarily alleviated the symptoms, but ultimately Anne was too ill to survive. Anne Bronte died of tuberculosis on 2ay %$th, "$(0. She was aged %0 . The general view has been that Anne is a mere shadow compared with Charlotte, the family,s most prolific writer, and Emily, the genius. This has occurred to a large e/tent because Anne was very different, as a person and as a writer, from Charlotte and Emily .1ow, with increasing critical interest in female authors, her life is being ree/amined, and her work reevaluated. A re3appraisal of Anne,s work has begun, gradually leading to her acceptance, not as a minor Bront4, but as a ma-or literary figure in her own right. To bring Anne Bronte closer to us through one of her creations, ) have chosen for today a poem that ) likedș it is called The bluebell, ) found it on youtube and ) want to present it to you. The bluebell, by Anne Bronte A fine and subtle spirit dwells )n every little flower, Each one its own sweet feeling breathes 5ith more or less of power. There is a silent elo6uence )n every wild bluebell That fills my softened heart with bliss That words could never tell. et ) recall not long ago A bright and sunny day, ,Twas when ) led a toilsome life So many leagues away7

Those sunny days of merriment 5hen heart and soul were free. Before me rose a lofty hill.s hours 5hen bluebells seemed like fairy gifts A pri<e among the flowers. A single sweet bluebell. As if ) knew no care. Behind me lay the sea. And when ) dwelt with kindred hearts That loved and cared for me. weep those blissful times That never may return=.. 8ess harassed than at other times ) saw the scene was fair. The lovely floweret seemed to say. Between two banks where smiling flowers Their varied hues displayed. . That dimness in my eye: 5hy did those burning drops distil 3 Those bitter feelings rise: . And spoke and laughed to those around.Sad wanderer. weal 5ith an/ious toil and strife. ) had not then mid heartless crowds To spend a thankless life )n seeking after others.That day along a sunny road All carelessly ) strayed. And thus it made me mourn . But when ) looked upon the bank 2y wandering glances fell 9pon a little trembling flower. 5hence came that rising in my throat. 2y heart was not so heavy then As it was wont to be. that lone flower recalled to me 2y happy childhood.