Friday, April 04, 2008

Brontë or Bell?

When Emily Brontë first published her poems, she did so in conjunction with her sisters. They all took on pen names (Emily/Ellis, Charlotte/Currer, and Anne/Acton Bell). Here is one of Emily's.

Love & Friendship

Love is like the wild rose-briar;
Friendship like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
But which will bloom most constantly?

The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again,
And who will call the wild-briar fair?

Then, scorn the silly rose-wreath now,
And deck thee with the holly's sheen,
That, when December blights thy brow,
He still may leave thy garland green.

Ellis Bell (Emily Brontë)


  1. I love the story of them choosing all their names and going out to get published together. I never knew about the together part; were they all published in one book at one time?

  2. Oakling - yes, they published as all three in one book. (which only sold 2 copies!) It was a very early publication and they all went on to write their famous novels under their own names.


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