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Cold in the Earth by Emily Brontë - review

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Cold in the Earth by Emily Bront� Most of the poems written by Emily Bront� were based around the world that she created with her siblings. This world was called Gondal. It was a land of four provinces that was ruled by King Julius Brenzaida, one of these provinces was called Angorra. Bront� had a reclusive personality it could be said that she preferred to live her life through the characters in her world. The poem 'Cold in the Earth" is a poem from the viewpoint of Rosina Alcona, Brenzaida's lover. Brenzaida has died 15 years previously and Rosina is reflecting upon his death. The first stanza describes the love that the persona has lost, and is full of emotion. "Deep snow piled above thee", this quote has two purposes. Firstly it describes the snow, which adds to the feeling of coldness, leaving a frozen, desperate, despairing sensation, which contrasts to the warmness associated with love. ...read more.


In the fourth stanza Rosina apologises to Brenzaida's memory for forgetting him, if she has, "Sweet Love of youth, forgive if I forget thee". Rosina gives and explanation for her lapse in remembrance but there is also a tone of regret in the poets' choice of words; "hopes which obscure but cannot do thee wrong.", this statement insinuates that even though she may have other desires she never forgets Brenzaida, and the love she feels for others will never eclipse the love she felt and still feels for him. As if to give support the previous statement the poet dedicates this stanza to the memory of Brenzaida, almost as if the previous stanza stirred his memory these four lines are filled with an emotion similar too the ones Rosina felt shortly after his death. Almost as if her regret and remorse has been refreshed by the memory of Brenzaida. ...read more.


Rosina also remembers herself as young, showing that as the scars that were dealt by Brenzaida's death heal she herself grows more mature. In this light we see that there was some good drawn from her lovers passing, the self-healing process acted as a learning curve for Rosina and due to that learning she has gained more from life, as she now appreciates its value. In the final stanza Rosina reflects on the pain she felt, but instead of remembering it as a horrible experience she uses words like 'rapturous' and 'divine', however this choice of words doesn't relieve the pain so much as it enriches it. It gives the image of a pain that could never be experienced through physical harm, but only through an assault on ones mind and soul. Rosina's struggle is a very personal one and although it is one that some people may feel in there lifetimes to a certain degree, the way in which Bront� exemplifies Rosina's pain and suffering makes it feel almost unearthly, and even unbelievable to a certain degree. ...read more.

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