Emily Jane Bronte died on the 19th December 1848, aged just 30 years old.
Born in the village of Thornton, West Riding, Yorkshire, on 30th July 1818, Emily was the younger sister of Charlotte and the fifth of six children. In 1824 the family were to move to the village of Haworth where their father, Patrick Bronte was to take up residence as the perpetual vicar. It also gives me personal pleasure to be able to highlight one of the Bronte's today as the family are distant relations of mine, with their descendants marrying in to my grandmothers family who also herald from Haworth.
Emily was to only write one novel, Wuthering Heights, which was published in 1847, however before this she was to publish poetry, under the name Ellis Bell, which was published in 1846, under the title Poems by Curer, Ellis and Action Bell, a volume of work that also included the poetry of her sisters, Charlotte & Anne. It is her poetry that I wish to spotlight today.
At the age of 30 ill health was to take Emily, having caught a cold during the funeral of her brother. She was to die two months later, having refused "no poisoning doctor" near her. Her untimely death does leave you wondering, having written the all time classic Wuthering Heights, what other great classics would also have followed from her pen had death not taken her so soon?
One Stop Poetry Celebrates Emily Bronte;