Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell Synopsis
In 1846, the Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, published a volume of poetry under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. To evade the prevailing prejudice against female writers of their time, the sisters had taken on masculine first names, all beginning with the same letter of their actual names. Despite the quality of their work, the first edition of Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell failed to attract interest, and only two copies were sold.
Excerpt from Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell Online Book
I've quench'd my lamp, I struck it in that start
Which every limb convulsed, I heard it fall—
The crash blent with my sleep, I saw depart
Its light, even as I woke, on yonder wall;
Over against my bed, there shone a gleam
Strange, faint, and mingling also with my dream.
It sank, and I am wrapt in utter gloom
How far is night advanced, and when will day
Retinge the dusk and livid air with bloom,
And fill this void with warm, creative ray?
Would I could sleep again till, clear and red,
Morning shall on the mountain-tops be spread!
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