Literary Elements in Emily Bronte´s Poem Remembrance

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Emily Bronte’s Remembrance is about one who is reminiscing a lost love who had died. It is an elegy poem which is “a poem that laments the death of a person, or one that is simply sad and thoughtful.” Remembrance is also a lyric poem in which “expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.” The poem reflects the historical context of the 18th century and expresses the romanticism of the Victorian era. Bronte has influenced her 18th century audience and 21st century audience to connect to the tone and mood of the poem through the literary devices she has used, such as imagery and repetition. Through her use of these literary elements, Bronte has created a sense of heartache and remembrance for those who have experienced similar loss to the loss present in the poem. For me personally, these elements, along with the romanticism she has included, make me appreciate my life in that I have not yet experienced this heartache, and encourages me to realise how fortunate I am to have people in my life in which have a similar love for me as the speaker has for their lover.
Emily Bronte was born in 1818 and belonged to the Romantic convention. Although Remembrance is not Bronte’s most famous poem, she did in fact become more famous with her one and only novel, Wuthering Heights and is now considered a classic of English literature. Emily, and her sister Anne were both very imaginative and sometimes their creations were very exaggerative. Bronte was the third youngest of the four surviving siblings. They lived under the strict governance of their religious father in which they grew isolated and lonely, which can be seen in their work. All three sisters are famous for their romantic style of writing. The poem Remembrance is related to Ro...

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...antic elements, Bronte has helped me to reflect and sympathise on those who have lost a loved one, and also for me to appreciate that I have not yet lost a loved one. Through the theme of this poem, remembering becomes present in my mind when I am reading, and through the repetition, forces me to reminisce on the people that I love and who love me. The historical and cultural background reflected in Remembrance in somewhat similar to the sense of loss that has been felt across centuries and remains the same today. The idea of loss in the poem and the context used has stimulated my understanding of the concept of love and also helped me to appreciate the love that I experience every day.

Works Cited

http://web.uvic.ca/~vicpoet/wiki/victorian-poetry-wiki/emily-bronte/emily-brontes-romanticism-in-stanzas-often-rebuked-yet-always-back-returning/
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