Sunday, January 16, 2011

BW3: B is for Bronte

Anne Bronte
January 17, 1820 to May 28, 1849

Anne Bronte, the youngest sister of the Bronte sisters Emily and Charlotte.  She was also the youngest of 6 children born to Maria Branwell and Reverend Patrick Bronte.  After her mother's death, her aunt Elizabeth moved in to help Patrick raise her and her siblings:  Maria (1814-1825), Elizabeth (1815-1825), Charlotte (1816-1855), Patrick Branwell “Branwell” (1817-1848), and Emily (1818-1849). 

She wrote numerous poems and contributed to a book of poetry which was published in 1846 called "Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.  The sisters used aliases to hide the fact the authors were female.  In 1847, Anne's first novel "Agnes Grey" was published under the alias Acton Bell.   In 1848, her 2nd novel "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" was introduced.   Unfortunately it was overshadowed by the the deaths of her brother Bramwell and sister Emily within two months of each other.     She died in 1849 at the age of 28 from tuberculosis. 


Brightly the sun of summer shone
Green fields and waving woods upon,
And soft winds wandered by;
Above, a sky of purest blue,
Around, bright flowers of loveliest hue,
Allured the gazer's eye.

But what were all these charms to me,
When one sweet breath of memory
Came gently wafting by?
I closed my eyes against the day,
And called my willing soul away,
From earth, and air, and sky;

That I might simply fancy there
One little flower--a primrose fair,
Just opening into sight;
As in the days of infancy,
An opening primrose seemed to me
A source of strange delight.

Sweet Memory! ever smile on me;
Nature's chief beauties spring from thee;
Oh, still thy tribute bring
Still make the golden crocus shine
Among the flowers the most divine,
The glory of the spring.

Still in the wallflower's fragrance dwell;
And hover round the slight bluebell,
My childhood's darling flower.
Smile on the little daisy still,
The buttercup's bright goblet fill
With all thy former power.

For ever hang thy dreamy spell
Round mountain star and heather bell,
And do not pass away
From sparkling frost, or wreathed snow,
And whisper when the wild winds blow,
Or rippling waters play.

Is childhood, then, so all divine?
Or Memory, is the glory thine,
That haloes thus the past?
Not ALL divine; its pangs of grief
(Although, perchance, their stay be brief)
Are bitter while they last.

Nor is the glory all thine own,
For on our earliest joys alone
That holy light is cast.
With such a ray, no spell of thine
Can make our later pleasures shine,
Though long ago they passed.

In honor of Anne Bronte's birthday, my challenge to you this week is to read either one of her stories and/or her poetry which can be found online and let me know what you think of them. 


Link to your reviews:

Link to your most current read.  Please link to your specific book review post and not your general blog link.  In the Your Name field, type in your name and the name of the book in parenthesis.  In the Your URL field leave a link to your specific post. If you have multiple reviews, then type in (multi) after your name and link to your general blog url. 

If you don't have a blog, tell us about the books you are reading in the comment section.


  1. Playing catch-up here. Week Two and Week Three. Thanks for your patience.

  2. I must confess that, though Emily Bronte was always one of my favorite's, I hadn't heard of or read from Anne. I looked up some of her poetry and read. I especially liked "Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas". One of my favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiates!
    Thank you for posting about her.

  3. Too hooked on Jim Butcher to drop him for Bronte but it does begin with a B!

  4. hazydeco: Lots of patience here. no problem :)

    Leah: I confess. I didn't know about Anne either, hence the post. Always learning.

    Lizzie: Butcher is good too. I haven't read any of his stuff yet. *gasp* Soon though.

  5. Thank you for inspiring us to do 52in52!! :)

    -Jenn from Jenn's RAQ

  6. I read 'The Tenant of Wildfell hall' a few years ago and I loved it, a really good book and worth reading.

  7. Ann's poem "Memory" was one of my favorites. Of the three Bronte's I actually enjoy Anne's poems the most. I read Agnes Grey recently and enjoyed it very much.

  8. Love Anne Bronte! Thank you for the reminder!

  9. Weird coincidence: I just read Agnes Grey this week -- before I read this, and unaware that it was her birthday. :-)

  10. @jenn and Hannah - you are welcome

    @Paul - good. It's on my nook waiting for me to read.

    @Kaye - Out of all her poems, I liked Memory the best.

    @Jillian - I'm a great believer in weird coincidences. Synchronicity.

  11. I finished Island of the World. I don't see the Mr. Linky, so am posting here.

    Beautiful, amazing, stunning, thought provoking book.

  12. @Dawn. Sorry, I usually don't put up new post until sunday morning. May have to rethink that and start getting it done Saturday night.


Thank you for your kind comments.