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It has all the tenacity - the desperate vigour of his passion without its feverish ferocity, and suggests that Emily could, when she chose, exchange the awful for the sublime. Full of a grand and sweeping music, true to the deepest and gravest passion, it ranks among the two or three of her poems which are indubitably great. The Death Scene - despite the weakness of the opening verses - a picture of moving and pathetic beauty, is the poem which least reflects the personality of the writer.

The mute protest of the dying lover, which serves to check the distracting remonstrance of the living, is a fine dramatic touch; and the last four verses invite comparison with those on a similar theme by another now unnoticed poet. Hood's 'Death-Bed' is perfect in construction and very different in conception, but in both these poems truth and pathos meet. The quietude of resignation and the more awful stillness of despair are each convincingly portrayed, but Emily's scene of human ending - in spite of its technical defects - is the one of surpassing loveliness and power.

The song beginning "The linnet in the rocky dells" - a musical and lovely dirge - contains one characteristic verse: Well, let them fight for honour's breath Or pleasure's shade pursue- The dweller in the land of death Is changed and careless too Changed to all "fleeting treacheries", careless of all the poor pursuits of earth, in that "land where all things are forgotten", to Emily must any liberated spirit be.

Nature alone might be remembered - its voice regarded - its whispering solace heard. Nature, the one subduing and consolatory power, she worshipped with all the intense and concentrated passion of her soul. It was a guardian - a lover, from which if she were wrested she must die. The "dim moon struggling in the sky" kept welcome watch with her; the stars departing left a "desert sky". With them she says: I was at peace, and drank your beams As they were life to me; And revelled in my changeful dreams, Like petrel on the sea.

Thought followed thought, star followed star, Through boundless regions, on; While one sweet influence, near and far, Thrilled through and proved us one! Human sympathy she never sought, and love she "laughed to scorn", but the "nightly stars", the "silent dew", the sun that "gilds the morning" - these were the "best beloved of years", the guardians against an ever-threatening despair. Nature under all aspects greeted her always with a face of tireless beauty, a breast of wide-sufficing rest. The motherhood of earth for her children - the love of death for its own, such communion she could taste and understand.

One held the liberty for which she panted, and one the rest towards which she leaned; and both surveyed, unmoved as she, the trivial prizes for which men strive and die. In lines which recall one of Byron's well-known stanzas, she mourns in exile the "fields of home", as he the purity and freshness of a departed youth. The thought of the stunted heather on her beloved moors evokes this outburst: -not the loved music, whose waking Makes the soul of the Swiss die away, Has a spell more adored and heart-breaking Than, for me, in that blighted heath lay. The spirit which bent 'neath its power How it longed-how it burned to be free!

If I could have wept in that hour Those tears had been heaven to me. The first six of the posthumous poems, from one of which these verses are taken, are clumsy and youthful compositions, but through them the dominant adoration of her life finds some inadequate expression. They speak her strong and unappeasable yearning for the things which alone she loved and loved so well. Flowers brighter than the rose bloomed in the blackest of the heath for her; out of a sullen hollow in a livid hillside her mind could make an Eden.

This later selection notably includes the famous Last Lines and the five stanzas beginning "Often rebuked, yet always back returning" , the last two of which contain the essence of her personal philosophy. I'll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide: Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding: Where the wild wind blows on the mountain side. What have those lonely mountains worth revealing?

More glory and more grief than I can tell: The earth that wakes one human heart to feeling Can centre both the worlds of Heaven and Hell. Of her two greatest and best-known poems-the Old Stoic and Last Lines , it is hardly necessary to speak. They are familiar to all students of English literature, and the latter stands alone and unsurpassed for depth and gravity, for passionate and lofty strength.

But a more blessed fate than that of fame awaited her. Death snatched her early, kindly, from a life which must have been to the end, it seems, thwarted and overcast. And in the near light of its approach, she perceived it clearly no longer as a friend to welcome, but as a last enemy to overthrow. She met its challenge, and being born for conquest, overcame. There was "Not room for Death, Nor atom that his might could render void. I have seen nothing like it; but indeed I have never seen her parallel in [] anything.

Stronger than a man, simpler than a child, her nature stood alone. That was the awful fact - the tragedy of her life. Alone in its negation of all that other mortals hold most dear; alone in its unwavering pity for frailty and error - no touch of which could ever mar the righteousness and vigour of this one woman's heart; alone in suffering and achievement; in the dark uncompanioned vigils of its life and the triumphant conflict of its death. It seems almost as if she must stand thus alone for ever - on that "other side of silence"; not framed for bliss, and yet too strong for an eternity of groping torment, alien alike to spirits lost and blest.

Rather, resolved into the elements she worshipped, she seems to find her immortality, transmuted, given back to earth again. Her spirit - one with the keen and searching airs that sweep wildly and sweetly over the wastes she loved - finds rest, and liberty, and wandering peace. Strong to act and think and feel in the narrow channels prescribed for her by dreary circumstance and a despotic temperament, she was yet beset by a weakness that comes of undiverted strength.

Her resolute rejection of human interest and sympathy intensified her suffering and in a measure nullified her powers. She possessed a force of passion and vision not given to any of her countrywomen who have spoken widely to the world; and yet she speaks and can speak only to a few scattered hearers - to those to whom she is, in some strange and far-off fashion, personally dear.

Death that Struck when I was most confiding

For few will find it in their hearts to love this passionate child of storm and cloud: hers was a nature slow to attract; swift to dismay: but those who do, will love her with something of her own intensity, her own unfitful fire, and with that constancy which, it has been pointed out, is a quality with which nearly all her characters or personifications are endowed. Wuthering Heights , said Sydney Dobell, who was the first to claim it for immortality, displayed the "unformed writing of a giant-hand, and the large utterance of a baby-god".

Fragments of that large utterance - imperfect characters traced by that giant-hand are set before us in these lyrics. With the exception of a few weak and early pieces, there is hardly one which does not display some sombre and startling beauty - some burning thought or delicate ray of fancy - some fine image or reflection. Unique in their originality, sincerity and force, they have rested alone and almost unnoticed in the lumber room of literature: it is time the dust was shaken from them; that they stood forth to speak for themselves and their creator in unflinching tones.

They cannot attract the casual reader; they must assuredly dispense with popularity, and possibly with widespread recognition - but they will live in the mind of that finer company with whom "remembrance makes fame". POEMS BY ELLIS BELL, Faith and Despondency "The winter wind is loud and wild, Come close to me, my darling child; Forsake thy books, and mateless play; And, while the night is gathering gray, We'll talk its pensive hours away;-- "Ierne, round our sheltered hall November's gusts unheeded call; Not one faint breath can enter here Enough to wave my daughter's hair, And I am glad to watch the blaze Glance from her eyes, with mimic rays; To feel her cheek, so softly pressed, In happy quiet on my breast, "But, yet, even this tranquillity Brings bitter, restless thoughts to me; And, in the red fire's cheerful glow, I think of deep glens, blocked with snow; I dream of moor, and misty hill, Where evening closes dark and chill; For, lone, among the mountains cold, Lie those that I have loved of old.

And my heart aches, in hopeless pain, Exhausted with repinings vain, That I shall greet them ne'er again! I often sat, for hours together, Through the long nights of angry weather, Raised on my pillow, to descry The dim moon struggling in the sky; Or, with strained ear, to catch the shock, Of rock with wave, and wave with rock; So would I fearful vigil keep, And, all for listening, never sleep.

But this world's life has much to dread, Not so, my Father, with the dead. You told me this, and yet you sigh, And murmur that your friends must die. For, if your former words were true, How useless would such sorrow be; As wise, to mourn the seed which grew Unnoticed on its parent tree, Because it fell in fertile earth, And sprang up to a glorious birth-- Struck deep its root, and lifted high Its green boughs in the breezy sky.

And wiser than thy sire; And worldly tempests, raging wild, Shall strengthen thy desire - Thy fervent hope, through storm and foam, Through wind and ocean's roar, To reach, at last, the eternal home, The steadfast, changeless shore! All through the night, your glorious eyes Were gazing down in mine, And, with a full heart's thankful sighs, I blessed that watch divine. I was at peace, and drank your beams As they were life to me; And revelled in my changeful dreams, Like petrel on the sea. Thought followed thought, star followed star, Through boundless regions, on; While one sweet influence, near and far, Thrilled through, and proved us one!

Why did the morning dawn to break So great, so pure, a spell; And scorch with fire the tranquil cheek, Where your cool radiance fell? Blood-red, he rose, and, arrow-straight, His fierce beams struck my brow; The soul of nature sprang, elate, But mine sank sad and low! My lids closed down, yet through their veil I saw him, blazing, still, And steep in gold the misty dale, And flash upon the hill. I turned me to the pillow, then, To call back night, and see Your worlds of solemn light, again, Throb with my heart, and me! It would not do--the pillow glowed, And glowed both roof and floor; And birds sang loudly in the wood, And fresh winds shook the door; The curtains waved, the wakened flies Were murmuring round my room, Imprisoned there, till I should rise, And give them leave to roam.

Oh, stars, and dreams, and gentle night; Oh, night and stars, return! And hide me from the hostile light That does not warm, but burn; That drains the blood of suffering men; Drinks tears, instead of dew; Let me sleep through his blinding reign, And only wake with you! The Philosopher Enough of thought, philosopher!

Too long hast thou been dreaming Unlightened, in this chamber drear, While summer's sun is beaming! Space-sweeping soul, what sad refrain Concludes thy musings once again? And never care how rain may steep, Or snow may cover me! No promised heaven, these wild desires Could all, or half fulfil; No threatened hell, with quenchless fires, Subdue this quenchless will!

Oh, for the time, when in my breast Their struggles will be o'er! Oh, for the day, when I shall rest, And never suffer more! Had I but seen his glorious eye ONCE light the clouds that wilder me; I ne'er had raised this coward cry To cease to think, and cease to be; I ne'er had called oblivion blest, Nor stretching eager hands to death, Implored to change for senseless rest This sentient soul, this living breath-- Oh, let me die--that power and will Their cruel strife may close; And conquered good, and conquering ill Be lost in one repose!

Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee, Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave? Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover Over the mountains, on that northern shore, Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover Thy noble heart for ever, ever more? Cold in the earth--and fifteen wild Decembers, From those brown hills, have melted into spring: Faithful, indeed, is the spirit that remembers After such years of change and suffering!

Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee, While the world's tide is bearing me along; Other desires and other hopes beset me, Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong! No later light has lightened up my heaven, No second morn has ever shone for me; All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given, All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee.

But, when the days of golden dreams had perished, And even Despair was powerless to destroy; Then did I learn how existence could be cherished, Strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy. Then did I check the tears of useless passion-- Weaned my young soul from yearning after thine; Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten Down to that tomb already more than mine. And, even yet, I dare not let it languish, Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain; Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish, How could I seek the empty world again? A Death-Scene "O day!

O Sun, in such a glorious sky, So tranquilly declining; He cannot leave thee now, While fresh west winds are blowing, And all around his youthful brow Thy cheerful light is glowing! Edward, awake, awake-- The golden evening gleams Warm and bright on Arden's lake-- Arouse thee from thy dreams! Beside thee, on my knee, My dearest friend, I pray That thou, to cross the eternal sea, Wouldst yet one hour delay: I hear its billows roar-- I see them foaming high; But no glimpse of a further shore Has blest my straining eye. Believe not what they urge Of Eden isles beyond; Turn back, from that tempestuous surge, To thy own native land.

It is not death, but pain That struggles in thy breast-- Nay, rally, Edward, rouse again; I cannot let thee rest! Paled, at length, the sweet sun setting; Sunk to peace the twilight breeze: Summer dews fell softly, wetting Glen, and glade, and silent trees. But they wept not, but they changed not, Never moved, and never closed; Troubled still, and still they ranged not-- Wandered not, nor yet reposed!

So I knew that he was dying-- Stooped, and raised his languid head; Felt no breath, and heard no sighing, So I knew that he was dead. Song The linnet in the rocky dells, The moor-lark in the air, The bee among the heather bells That hide my lady fair: The wild deer browse above her breast; The wild birds raise their brood; And they, her smiles of love caressed, Have left her solitude!

I ween, that when the grave's dark wall Did first her form retain, They thought their hearts could ne'er recall The light of joy again. They thought the tide of grief would flow Unchecked through future years; But where is all their anguish now, And where are all their tears? Well, let them fight for honour's breath, Or pleasure's shade pursue-- The dweller in the land of death Is changed and careless too. And, if their eyes should watch and weep Till sorrow's source were dry, She would not, in her tranquil sleep, Return a single sigh! Blow, west-wind, by the lonely mound, And murmur, summer-streams-- There is no need of other sound To soothe my lady's dreams.

Anticipation How beautiful the earth is still, To thee--how full of happiness? How little fraught with real ill, Or unreal phantoms of distress! How spring can bring thee glory, yet, And summer win thee to forget December's sullen time! Why dost thou hold the treasure fast, Of youth's delight, when youth is past, And thou art near thy prime? When those who were thy own compeers, Equals in fortune and in years, Have seen their morning melt in tears, To clouded, smileless day; Blest, had they died untried and young, Before their hearts went wandering wrong,-- Poor slaves, subdued by passions strong, A weak and helpless prey!

A thoughtful spirit taught me soon, That we must long till life be done; That every phase of earthly joy Must always fade, and always cloy: 'This I foresaw--and would not chase The fleeting treacheries; But, with firm foot and tranquil face, Held backward from that tempting race, Gazed o'er the sands the waves efface, To the enduring seas-- There cast my anchor of desire Deep in unknown eternity; Nor ever let my spirit tire, With looking for WHAT IS TO BE!

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Nay, smile to hear Death's billows rave-- Sustained, my guide, by thee? The more unjust seems present fate, The more my spirit swells elate, Strong, in thy strength, to anticipate Rewarding destiny! In the dungeon-crypts idly did I stray, Reckless of the lives wasting there away; "Draw the ponderous bars! Then, God forgive my youth; forgive my careless tongue; I scoffed, as the chill chains on the damp flagstones rung: "Confined in triple walls, art thou so much to fear, That we must bind thee down and clench thy fetters here?

The captive raised her hand and pressed it to her brow; "I have been struck," she said, "and I am suffering now; Yet these are little worth, your bolts and irons strong; And, were they forged in steel, they could not hold me long. Or, better still, wilt melt my master's heart with groans? Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire, And visions rise, and change, that kill me with desire. When, if my spirit's sky was full of flashes warm, I knew not whence they came, from sun or thunder-storm. Hope Hope Was but a timid friend; She sat without the grated den, Watching how my fate would tend, Even as selfish-hearted men.

She was cruel in her fear; Through the bars one dreary day, I looked out to see her there, And she turned her face away! Like a false guard, false watch keeping, Still, in strife, she whispered peace; She would sing while I was weeping; If I listened, she would cease. False she was, and unrelenting; When my last joys strewed the ground, Even Sorrow saw, repenting, Those sad relics scattered round; Hope, whose whisper would have given Balm to all my frenzied pain, Stretched her wings, and soared to heaven, Went, and ne'er returned again! From her mother's heart seemed loath to part That queen of bridal charms, But her father smiled on the fairest child He ever held in his arms.


The trees did wave their plumy crests, The glad birds carolled clear; And I, of all the wedding guests, Was only sullen there! There was not one, but wished to shun My aspect void of cheer; The very gray rocks, looking on, Asked, "What do you here? So, resting on a heathy bank, I took my heart to me; And we together sadly sank Into a reverie. We thought, "When winter comes again, Where will these bright things be? All vanished, like a vision vain, An unreal mockery!

The leaf is hardly green, Before a token of its fall Is on the surface seen! And, while the wide earth echoing rung To that strange minstrelsy The little glittering spirits sung, Or seemed to sing, to me: "O mortal! To Imagination When weary with the long day's care, And earthly change from pain to pain, And lost, and ready to despair, Thy kind voice calls me back again: Oh, my true friend! I am not lone, While then canst speak with such a tone! So hopeless is the world without; The world within I doubly prize; Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt, And cold suspicion never rise; Where thou, and I, and Liberty, Have undisputed sovereignty.

What matters it, that all around Danger, and guilt, and darkness lie, If but within our bosom's bound We hold a bright, untroubled sky, Warm with ten thousand mingled rays Of suns that know no winter days? Reason, indeed, may oft complain For Nature's sad reality, And tell the suffering heart how vain Its cherished dreams must always be; And Truth may rudely trample down The flowers of Fancy, newly-blown: But thou art ever there, to bring The hovering vision back, and breathe New glories o'er the blighted spring, And call a lovelier Life from Death.

And whisper, with a voice divine, Of real worlds, as bright as thine. I trust not to thy phantom bliss, Yet, still, in evening's quiet hour, With never-failing thankfulness, I welcome thee, Benignant Power; Sure solacer of human cares, And sweeter hope, when hope despairs! How Clear She Shines How clear she shines! How quietly I lie beneath her guardian light; While heaven and earth are whispering me, "To morrow, wake, but dream to-night.

These throbbing temples softly kiss; And bend my lonely couch above, And bring me rest, and bring me bliss.

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The world is going; dark world, adieu! Grim world, conceal thee till the day; The heart thou canst not all subdue Must still resist, if thou delay! Thy love I will not, will not share; Thy hatred only wakes a smile; Thy griefs may wound--thy wrongs may tear, But, oh, thy lies shall ne'er beguile! While gazing on the stars that glow Above me, in that stormless sea, I long to hope that all the woe Creation knows, is held in thee! And this shall be my dream to-night; I'll think the heaven of glorious spheres Is rolling on its course of light In endless bliss, through endless years; I'll think, there's not one world above, Far as these straining eyes can see, Where Wisdom ever laughed at Love, Or Virtue crouched to Infamy; Where, writhing 'neath the strokes of Fate, The mangled wretch was forced to smile; To match his patience 'gainst her hate, His heart rebellious all the while.

Sympathy There should be no despair for you While nightly stars are burning; While evening pours its silent dew, And sunshine gilds the morning. There should be no despair--though tears May flow down like a river: Are not the best beloved of years Around your heart for ever? They weep, you weep, it must be so; Winds sigh as you are sighing, And winter sheds its grief in snow Where Autumn's leaves are lying: Yet, these revive, and from their fate Your fate cannot be parted: Then, journey on, if not elate, Still, NEVER broken-hearted!

Plead for Me Oh, thy bright eyes must answer now, When Reason, with a scornful brow, Is mocking at my overthrow!

Oh, thy sweet tongue must plead for me And tell why I have chosen thee! Stern Reason is to judgment come, Arrayed in all her forms of gloom: Wilt thou, my advocate, be dumb? No, radiant angel, speak and say, Why I did cast the world away. Why I have persevered to shun The common paths that others run; And on a strange road journeyed on, Heedless, alike of wealth and power-- Of glory's wreath and pleasure's flower. These, once, indeed, seemed Beings Divine; And they, perchance, heard vows of mine, And saw my offerings on their shrine; But careless gifts are seldom prized, And MINE were worthily despised.

So, with a ready heart, I swore To seek their altar-stone no more; And gave my spirit to adore Thee, ever-present, phantom thing-- My slave, my comrade, and my king. A slave, because I rule thee still; Incline thee to my changeful will, And make thy influence good or ill: A comrade, for by day and night Thou art my intimate delight,-- My darling pain that wounds and sears, And wrings a blessing out from tears By deadening me to earthly cares; And yet, a king, though Prudence well Have taught thy subject to rebel And am I wrong to worship where Faith cannot doubt, nor hope despair, Since my own soul can grant my prayer?

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Speak, God of visions, plead for me, And tell why I have chosen thee! Self-Interrogation "The evening passes fast away. It leaves a sense Of labour hardly done; Of little gained with vast expense-- A sense of grief alone? Art glad to leave the sea, And anchor all thy weary woes In calm Eternity? In my certain faith of joy to be-- Strike again, Time's withered branch dividing From the fresh root of Eternity! Leaves, upon Time's branch, were growing brightly, Full of sap, and full of silver dew; Birds beneath its shelter gathered nightly; Daily round its flowers the wild bees flew.

Sorrow passed, and plucked the golden blossom; Guilt stripped off the foliage in its pride But, within its parent's kindly bosom, Flowed for ever Life's restoring tide. Little mourned I for the parted gladness, For the vacant nest and silent song-- Hope was there, and laughed me out of sadness; Whispering, "Winter will not linger long!

High it rose--no winged grief could sweep it; Sin was scared to distance with its shine; Love, and its own life, had power to keep it From all wrong--from every blight but thine! Cruel Death! The young leaves droop and languish; Evening's gentle air may still restore-- No! Strike it down, that other boughs may flourish Where that perished sapling used to be; Thus, at least, its mouldering corpse will nourish That from which it sprung--Eternity. Stanzas to Well, some may hate, and some may scorn, And some may quite forget thy name; But my sad heart must ever mourn Thy ruined hopes, thy blighted fame!

Then "Bless the friendly dust," I said, "That hides thy unlamented head! Vain as thou wert, and weak as vain, The slave of Falsehood, Pride, and Pain-- My heart has nought akin to thine; Thy soul is powerless over mine.

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Or, would I mock the wolf's death-howl, Because his form is gaunt and foul? Or, hear with joy the leveret's cry, Because it cannot bravely die? Then above his memory Let Pity's heart as tender be; Say, "Earth, lie lightly on that breast, And, kind Heaven, grant that spirit rest! The sweet moon through your lattice gleams, And lights your room like day; And there you pass, in happy dreams, The peaceful hours away!

While I, with effort hardly quelling The anguish in my breast, Wander about the silent dwelling, And cannot think of rest. The old clock in the gloomy hall Ticks on, from hour to hour; And every time its measured call Seems lingering slow and slower: And, oh, how slow that keen-eyed star Has tracked the chilly gray!

What, watching yet! Without your chamber door I stand; Love, are you slumbering still? My cold heart, underneath my hand, Has almost ceased to thrill. Bleak, bleak the east wind sobs and sighs, And drowns the turret bell, Whose sad note, undistinguished, dies Unheard, like my farewell! To-morrow, Scorn will blight my name, And Hate will trample me, Will load me with a coward's shame-- A traitor's perjury. False friends will launch their covert sneers; True friends will wish me dead; And I shall cause the bitterest tears That you have ever shed. The dark deeds of my outlawed race Will then like virtues shine; And men will pardon their disgrace, Beside the guilt of mine.

For, who forgives the accursed crime Of dastard treachery? Rebellion, in its chosen time, May Freedom's champion be; Revenge may stain a righteous sword, It may be just to slay; But, traitor, traitor,--from THAT word All true breasts shrink away! Not even to keep your priceless love, Dare I, Beloved, deceive; This treason should the future prove, Then, only then, believe! I know the path I ought to go I follow fearlessly, Inquiring not what deeper woe Stern duty stores for me. So foes pursue, and cold allies Mistrust me, every one: Let me be false in others' eyes, If faithful in my own.

Stanzas I'll not weep that thou art going to leave me, There's nothing lovely here; And doubly will the dark world grieve me, While thy heart suffers there. I'll not weep, because the summer's glory Must always end in gloom; And, follow out the happiest story-- It closes with a tomb! And I am weary of the anguish Increasing winters bear; Weary to watch the spirit languish Through years of dead despair. So, if a tear, when thou art dying, Should haply fall from me, It is but that my soul is sighing, To go and rest with thee.

My Comforter Well hast thou spoken, and yet not taught A feeling strange or new; Thou hast but roused a latent thought, A cloud-closed beam of sunshine brought To gleam in open view. Deep down, concealed within my soul, That light lies hid from men; Yet glows unquenched--though shadows roll, Its gentle ray cannot control-- About the sullen den.

Was I not vexed, in these gloomy ways To walk alone so long? Around me, wretches uttering praise, Or howling o'er their hopeless days, And each with Frenzy's tongue;- A brotherhood of misery, Their smiles as sad as sighs; Whose madness daily maddened me, Distorting into agony The bliss before my eyes! So stood I, in Heaven's glorious sun, And in the glare of Hell; My spirit drank a mingled tone, Of seraph's song, and demon's moan; What my soul bore, my soul alone Within itself may tell! Like a soft, air above a sea, Tossed by the tempest's stir; A thaw-wind, melting quietly The snow-drift on some wintry lea; No: what sweet thing resembles thee, My thoughtful Comforter?

And yet a little longer speak, Calm this resentful mood; And while the savage heart grows meek, For other token do not seek, But let the tear upon my cheek Evince my gratitude! Introduced by Charlotte Bronte It would not have been difficult to compile a volume out of the papers left by my sisters, had I, in making the selection, dismissed from my consideration the scruples and the wishes of those whose written thoughts these papers held. But this was impossible: an influence, stronger than could be exercised by any motive of expediency, necessarily regulated the selection. I have, then, culled from the mass only a little poem here and there.

The whole makes but a tiny nosegay, and the colour and perfume of the flowers are not such as fit them for festal uses. One of its effects was to strike at the root of the principle on which the Bible Society was set up. Drugs are to be avoided as they often result in painful heart affection, and besides do not strike at the real root of the disease.

She had been transplanted to a soil her tender roots could not strike into. It was resolved to strike at the root of the evil, seize Rale, and destroy Norridgewock. That a vigorous thinker should have begun by striking at what seemed to him the root of obstructive fallacies was natural enough.

The young plants so budded fall to the ground, and striking root rapidly, grow into separate individuals. Ray Edwin Ray Lankester. But somehow their propaganda did not seem to strike root among labor men, especially those who were backing the steel campaign. In other words, the traditional Christian conceptions of purgatory and hell are replaced by the idea of a lasting rest or a union with nature.

The idea of suffering after death is unacceptable, because life with its many ills and anguish is penance enough. The Self of the Universe and the Universe of the Self. The Deity is an eternal self, whose continuity depends on the assurance on the constancy of the primary other, of the world that is Wion in: Linda Peterson, pp. In many poems one is seduced to believe that the speaker is only certain about the existence of his own mind and through it — of the existence of the external reality.

Another variation of the authenticity of this two-individual universe is discerned in poem H, which reads:. The beloved here substitutes the ever-present deity from No coward soul is mine. If al else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it… Nelly, I am Heathcliff!

To make the picture more complete and complex, one would remember poem H where Emily describes the vastness and esoteric profundity and abstractness of her soul:. Emily Bronte builds up an undeniably intricate modus vivendi, which — thanks to its complexity and interdiscoursivity — speaks of a Nature that possesses purposiveness which is what modern twentieth-century poetry lacks most [Beach, p. It is the latter ability that secures man a position so unique in Nature.

Tags: , conference , Plovdiv. You must be logged in to post a comment. Remember me. Tales and stories in teaching English to student-teachers of English in the primary school Teaching subject in English — a challenge or a new opportunity? For example Cf H : … In English fields my limbs were laid With English turf beneath my head: … My mortal flesh you might debar, But not the eternal fire within.

Cf: I see around me piteous tombstones grey Stretching their shadows far away.