The fictitious setting for the tales, supposedly on the coast of West Africa, owes much to the popular oriental cityscape paintings of John Martin, and the Angrians are based on contemporary engravings that Charlotte patiently copied from such books as Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron and popular annuals such as The Literary Souvenir.
By Branwell was "editing" Branwell's Blackwood's Magazine --the title changed, ironically, to Blackwood's Young Men's Magazine when Charlotte assumed editorship seven months later--and the two collaborators were producing tiny, hand-sewn volumes that imitate in striking detail Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine , the original upon which they were based. Like their prototype, Charlotte and Branwell's magazines are gatherings of writings in various genres--plays, stories, poems, imagined conversations, letters, sketches, anecdotes, essays--and include the advertising, editorial notes, and information about publication and marketing that are typically found in such periodicals.
Reproducing the material form of Blackwood's Magazine , Charlotte and Branwell also engaged in literary gossip and controversies like those they learned about through their reading, filling the pages of their narratives with literary reviews and vituperative personal exchanges between Glass Town literati. Producing sixty-five poems and a satirical play about poetry writing in , the fourteen-year-old self-consciously attempted to define herself as a poet. Though most of these early poems have a Glass Town context, being embedded within her narratives and spoken or sung by fictitious characters, some are only loosely connected to the stories.
For example, her many descriptions of natural landscapes are indebted to the eighteenth-century topographical poem that had been developed by "nature poets" such as James Thomson and William Wordsworth. Oh Might I neath your banners march! She deploys parodic characters, such as Henry Rhymer in "The Poetaster," a story dated July , to debunk her own romantic posturing and that of her siblings. The "noble profession [of authorship] is dishonoured," wails a Glass Town publisher who soon expects to see "every child that walks along the streets, bearing its manuscripts in its hand, going to the printers for publication.
Owned and run by Margaret Wooler, whom her father called a "clever, decent, and motherly woman," Roe Head was a small school that usually enrolled only about seven boarding students at a time, all girls around the same age, and therefore was able to attend closely to the needs and abilities of individuals. After the writer's death, Nussey jealously guarded her friend's reputation, in part by heavily editing her letters.
Late in her life Taylor published The First Duty of Women , in which she argued that the first priority for women should be to prepare to support themselves financially.
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She had acted upon this conviction in by immigrating to New Zealand, where she ran a successful business as a shopkeeper until she returned to England in to live out her life in comfortable economic independence. Due to her dedication to her studies she wrote only three poems during her time at the school.
From to she produced approximately 2, lines of poetry, most of it tightly embedded within the context of the passionate tales that she and Branwell were spinning around the political and romantic experiences of their beloved Angrians. Many of these poems are songs whose meaning and effect depend on a knowledge not only of the subject matter alluded to but also of the singer's character and the situation in which the lyric is sung.
Other poems are lengthy narratives that develop the Angrian saga, deepening and sometimes complicating the plots developed in the accompanying prose narratives. These poems are formally more competent than the ones she produced prior to her stay at Roe Head, but they also show less willingness to experiment with poetic form and more absorption in the characters and content of the tales.
The literary self-reflectiveness of her earlier writing gave way to an almost total absorption in the Angrian world of fantasy, with its emphasis on military conflict largely Branwell's contribution and romantic betrayal Charlotte's main interest. She was able to write only in snatches and during vacations, so it is not surprising that her rate of production at this period fell well below that of her partner, Branwell, who installed himself in a Halifax studio with the intent of earning his living as a portrait painter and who found considerable time for both writing and socializing.
The poem continues for more lines, developing into vividly realized scenes featuring the Duke of Zamorna. The stories of , for example, show that she was often unable to settle on a subject or identify new topics to write about, and many poems from this period end abruptly or trail off rather than draw to a close.
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Poems such as "But Once Again. To this end she sought the advice of no less a figure than Robert Southey, then poet laureate of England, to whom she sent a selection of her poems. However, they remained fragmentary and defective; it was not until that she was able to revise them into poems she was willing to publish. She accepted two positions as a governess, working for the Sidgwick family in nearby Lothersdale from May to July in and for the Whites at Upperwood House in Rawdon from March to December Both experiences ended badly, largely because she could not accommodate herself to her situation.
On 3 March she confided to Nussey:. Do not think that I fail to blame myself for this, or that I leave any means unemployed to conquer this feeling. Some of my greatest difficulties lie in things that would appear to you comparatively trivial. I am a fool. Heaven knows I cannot help it!
In December she declined Miss Wooler's generous proposal that she replace her as director of Roe Head, turning down a fine opportunity to take charge of an established school with a good reputation. This remarkably bad business decision is explained by her having become committed in the meantime to a new and more exciting plan suggested to her by Mary Taylor: that she and Emily attend school on the Continent in order to improve their command of French and Italian, and acquire "a dash of German" so to attract students to the school they would open upon their return.
Papa will perhaps think it a wild and ambitious scheme; but who ever rose in the world without ambition? When he left Ireland to go to Cambridge University, he was as ambitious as I am now. I want us all to go on. I know we have talents, and I want them to be turned to account.
Although both young women made considerable academic progress in Brussels and were praised for their success, neither ever felt entirely comfortable there, and when they went back to Haworth for Aunt Branwell's funeral in November , Emily chose not to return to Brussels. Sign in or create an account.
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