(Not to be confused with the poem of 28 August 1840 which had the same title on the manuscript - but was re-named 'Appeal' for publication in Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell in 1846 - see earlier.)
Edward Chitham writes:
'The poem follows a long gap in Anne's writing. Her life in 1841 is rather better monitored than in 1840: she is mentioned a number of times in Charlotte's letters, and there is the 1841 diary paper, written at Scarborough. Twelve days before this poem Charlotte wrote to Ellen on the topic of Anne's loneliness:
"She is more lonely - less gifted with the power of making friends even than I am . . ."
The comment is strongly supported by the text of the poem.'
(See also: Chitham, 'The Poems of Anne Brontë', p.79 & p.173)
|That summer sun, whose genial glow
Now cheers my drooping spirit so
Must cold and distant be,
And only light our northern clime
With feeble ray, before the time
I long so much to see.
And this soft whispering breeze that now
And these bright flowers I love so well,
But if the sunny summer time
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