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Transcript of Charlotte Bronte
With scarlet stain, I know;" "Some have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;" Liz Makley Born April 21, 1816 in Thornton, West Riding, Yorkshire.
Her mother died when she was 5.
Her father was a school teacher and a priest and wrote his own poetry.
Her oldest sister, Maria, read to her and her 4 siblings and was like a motherly figure to her.
When the 6 children were in school, Maria and the next oldest, Elizabeth became ill and died leaving Charlotte as the oldest. Themes of Love "Life and marriage I have known," "Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well." "Though the souls's bright morning rose
O're Paradise for me." "Could I gain thy love to-night,
I'd hazard death to-morrow." Themes of Death Images of war and blood stained waters. Personifies hope as a golden angel that not even Death could conquer. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Personifies hope and the idea of a soul. She personifies abstract ideas to give them more of a personality and show the true nature of the idea.
The reader can relate to and understand the poems better because they can see the events and topics in their minds. About her poems "Life" Talks about how good and hope can overcome bad events and Death even when it seems like that's impossible. "Regret" The speaker is an English woman who leaves her home to follow her husband into France in political exile but regrets her decision. This idea could have come from when she and her sister Emily attended a school in Belgium where they were the only English students. "Passion" The speaker is a soldier who proclaims his love for a girl before he goes off to war. Also based of off Napoleonic wars in Spain. Bronte always uses her own personal experiences and wishes as the basis for her poems. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The idea that sorrow leads to delight and happiness show that the two are related even though they are opposites. "Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day." She uses different ideas like dreary rain in the morning and a pleasant day to show how 2 differing ideas She also talks about how Death can take out loved ones away but hope always comes back to show that one leads to another despite their differences. In "Regret" the speaker is caught between happiness at the time and regret at her decision. Conflicting Ideas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most people go through the experience of marriage and life so most people can relate this. The speak tells the reader or "his love" that if he could gain her love he would risk his life in war the very next day. A lot of readers can understand the soldier's undying love and that he wouldn't worry about dying just as long as he knew she loved him. "Indus' borders yawn with graves,
Yet command me go !" I'd die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life's dull dregs only lie." She personifies how war looks and how death is intertwined with war. She desires to die in a moment of greatness rather than when her life is used up and old. She looks towards death with bravado like the soldier. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away ?" She shows Death as being the one who takes away her loved ones. In "Life" she looks forward to death because it would reunite her with her lost family. Whereas in "Passion" she looks forward to a grand death rather than a sorrowful event. When she was a child, 2 of her siblings and both her mom and her step mom died contributing to her themes of death and loss throughout her literature. More Info on Biography http://www.online-literature.com/brontec/ More Poems http://www.poemhunter.com/charlotte-bront/ Other Information She and her sisters wrote under pseudonyms because female literature was not accepted at the time. They kept their initials in the name:
Charlotte= Currer Bell
Emily= Ellis Bell
Anne= Acton Bell As a child, she wrote mostly about a made up world then transformed those works into some of the poems known today. Based off of a set of toy soldiers her father brought back for them
Revolves around the adventures of 2 brothers Charles and Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Zamorna) and their imaginary kingdom of Angria
The characters are very complicated and exhibit her early themes of romance, desire, betrayal, loyalty and revenge which are also shown in her adult works Other Works Jane Eyre http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/bronte/cbronte/bronteov.html Shirley http://www.enotes.com/shirley-charlotte-bronte-essays/bronte-shirley-charlotte Villette http://www.vgpolitics.f9.co.uk/novvil.htm http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/charlotte-bronte http://www.macclesfieldtutorialcollege.com/the-brontes-poetry-analysis/ http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX2328600017&v=2.1&u=lnoca_nordonia&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/life/ http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/passion/ http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/regret http://bookstove.com/poetry/analysis-of-charlotte-brontes-on-the-death-of-anne-bronte/