Emily Brontë: A Critical and Biographical Study by John Hewish

By John Hewish

Emily Bronte with a brand new and specified serious research

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Scott, to be felt in the 'shining and lowering and swelling and dying' of a fragment (H5) of December I836, is soon supplanted in the Gondal poems by Byron, much as he was in the taste of the period. Emily Bronte is a first choice to exemplify his pervasive influence on nineteenth-century poetry. It affected her to such an extent that the question occurs whether she has a poetic identity. It can be satisfactorily answered by the later works. These early, anonymous, but often, certainly, Gondal poems reflect Byron's lyrics ('There shines the moon, at noon of night' - H9) or the festal-elegiac manner of the Waterloo part of Childe Harold.

Law Hill, in the Southowram district of Halifax, is a property consisting of a small group of late-eighteenth-century buildings The Life 47 on Beacon Hill, now an extremity of one of the city's climbing hill-suburbs. It includes farm buildings, Law Hill house, and a warehouse, the group enclosing a courtyard, and suggesting a characteristic West Riding unit of the period before the textile industry was concentrated in factories. The district is still not fully built over, and the garden of Law Hill adjoins open high farm land, resembling moor.

Is in a letter from Charlotte to Ellen Nussey in the autumn of 1837. Its exact date is uncertain, but it was probably October. Charlotte mentions having heard from Emily once, adding that she was now in a large school and that her account gave grounds for anxiety about her health. 'Hard labour from six in the morning until near eleven at night, with only one half-hour of exercise in between ... ' 1 After this, Emily disappears from the records (except for a single allusion to 'my sisters' by Charlotte in mid-1838,:: which gives no indication of whether she was still employed) until the middle of I 8 39• when she was evidently living at home once more.

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