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Cold in the earth is a poem about Brontes struggle to remember or forget her lover, and her attempts to achieve self-understanding

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5B Diana Fung Wai Ting (13) 1. Bronte believes that love is abstract. It is felt, not seen. Experienced, not touched. Shared, and never forgotten. How is this concept about love conveyed in the poem? Bronte believes that love is abstract by portraying it as something to be felt, experienced and shared between her and her lover by the heart; thus it is abstract in the sense that it cannot be seen, touched nor forgotten. To illustrate her love as felt by her heart, she makes use of terms involving our physical senses to depict her heartfelt love to her lover, establishing the idea that love is felt but not seen. This can be seen in the title 'Cold in the earth" - the feeling of "coldness" is not only in line with her descriptions of the bleak and cold winter, her lover also lies literally in the cold and dreary grave. More importantly, this is actually an accurate description of her 'heart' and her overall emotional state; she has buried her own love and her "life's bliss" "cold in the earth", along with her lover's death. ...read more.


' - this shows Bronte suppressing her own emotions deliberately in order to stop herself from committing suicide. Therefore this poem is actually illustrating her experience to learn about 'how existence can be cherished... without the aid of joy', and her psychological experience as she struggled between conflicting thoughts. Also, through the poem, Bronte illustrates her concept of love as an obsessive, confusing experience in her life Bronte displays love being shared and never forgotten by emphasing on her bond with her lover, and her everlasting love to him. This is evident in 'I dare not let it languish' and 'Dare not indulge in Memory's rapturous pain'- Although Bronte constantly brings forth the necessity of forgetting her lover ('forgive if I forget thee'), as reminiscing her lover pains her very deeply, she uses 'dares not' to show her underlying reluctance to let go of her memories, because these memories are the only sources for Bronte to remember their 'golden dreams' - the memories they shared, which is the only thing that she has got of her lover now. ...read more.


'fifteen wild Decembers' to 'spring' shows seasonal changes. The idea of her love as frozen snow in line 1 has figuratively melted into 'wave' (l. 4) and turned to streams running among 'brown hills', 'into spring', then returning to ocean's tides, then finally as 'Tears of useless passion' as her final show of her ongoing grief. Her love and grief are in-motion, non-stopping - they run through the whole poem in different forms. Love is also never forgotten as 'fifteen wild December' has passed, and she still thinks of her lover all the time. 'Cold in the earth' is a poem about Bronte's struggle to remember or forget her lover, and her attempts to achieve self-understanding (although she seems to be unsuccessful in making a decision in the end). Bronte believes that love is abstract because it is experienced, not touched. Her lover is in the grave yet she is alive, and she her love for her lover is still overwhelming. Through this notion, their love transcends from a physical dimension to a spiritual one, where their love still exists even without any physical contact and being separated by mortality. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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