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Life by Charlotte Bronte
Transcript of Life by Charlotte Bronte
Depressing moments in life are the rainy days.
In this poem, Bronte represented a speaker who is optimistic about life. Everyone goes through a copious amount of joyful moments and unfortunate moments also. Many human beings have gone through these times, including myself.
The poem doesn’t really have a big historical context, but it goes to make aspects of Bronte’s life. Many parts of the poet’s life is just like the speaker’s tone in the poem. Due to the many hardships in her life such as the death of her love one and period of her depression, she still has better moments of her life such as the publication of her novels. Bronte also gets inspirations from a well know poet such as William Wordsworth, using those characteristics of nature from the Romanticism era.
Structure of the poem
Life by Charlotte Bronte
Bronte was born April 21, 1816 in Thornton which is in Yorkshire, England. She was the third child out of six children. Her and her siblings grew up playing in made up realms thought of using their imagination. In 1844, she soon became depressed with life when coming back to where she grew up, Haworth. This depression she was going through made it very hard to finish her work. She soon later discovered that her sisters were writing poems just like her. They soon work together to get a novel published. Her sister’s novels got published except for her. Her novel, “The Professor,” was not accepted for publishing. The publisher kept pushing her to try again and soon enough in 1847, her second novel “Jane Eyre,” was published. She went by a pseudonym which was Currer Bell when writing novels and poetry. Soon between the years, 1848-1849, her two remaining sisters and brother had passed away. She finished her new novel, “Shirley” in 1849, even though she was still depressed over the deaths of her siblings. In 1853, she wrote her last novel titled “Villette” which had to do with the Brussels Affairs. After this, she soon moved back to Yorkshire and was married to Arthur Nicolls in 1854. Within a year of her marriage, she soon passed away.
The ABAB end rhyme scheme is shown throughout the poem. It is also broken up into 3 stanzas, which shows the shift in tone of the poem. The meter in the poem is a Trochee. The first stanza shows depression of life, it really shows in lines 3-8. Soon changes in the second stanza in lines 9-12. It starts to portray the optimism in life; the joys and progression in life. The third stanza soon goes in depth with the progression stated before and basically to learn and gain from these gloomy experiences in life.
Figurative Language in the Poem
Imagery is heavily illustrated throughout the poem. One of them is when the Bronte represents the speaker saying, “Oft a little morning rain/ Foretells a pleasant day/ Sometimes there are clouds of gloom/ But these are transient all;” (3-6). This is representation of the gloom and despair in life, but also asking, if we work through this “storm” can there be a better tomorrow? The answer is later shown in lines 9-12. When it says, “Rapidly, merrily, / Life's sunny hours flit by, / Gratefully, cheerily, / Enjoy them as they fly!” It means that life’s “sunny hours” are the fortunate and joyful times. We can achieve when we get through this “storm” to get to a better tomorrow. Don’t let the sorrow get you down when the “golden wings” can help you soar and its strength can help you get through it (19). In lines 21-24, where it says, “Manfully, fearlessly/ the day of trial bear/ For gloriously, victoriously/ Can courage quell despair!” It shows that strength and the right mind set can help you overcome the “storm” that day. By “day” in this poem, Life is represented as a day and weather conditions. Sorrow is the storm stated many times and the sunny hour is the joy in life
Message of the Poem
The speaker implies in the poem that when the sky is covered with many dark clouds which make it troublesome to see the sun, the rain makes the flowers grow and bloom also. This illustrates that each problem we are thrown with, we will grown and learn from just like the flowers.