Edward Chitham writes:
'The poem was written on New Year's Day 1841, and provides a contrast to the transitional poem written one year before. This poem is an anachronism, presumably showing the influence of Emily, and returning to the subject and tone of pre-1839 work.
Among examples of Gondal vocabulary are the words 'mountain'; 'bowers' and 'forest'.
The orphan theme is recurrent in Brontë prose and verse.'
(See also: Chitham, 'The Poems of Anne Brontë', p.78 & p.172)
|She's gone -- and twice the summer's sun
Has gilt Regina's towers,
And melted wild Angora's snows,
And warmed Exina's bowers.
The flowerets twice on hill and dale
And thrice stern winter's icy hand
Two summers springs and autumns sad
They say such tears as children weep
And parted friends how dear soe'er
My mother, thou wilt weep no more
While that was mine the world to me
And thou couldst feel for all my joys
Beneath thy sweet maternal smile
Thy loss can never be repaired;
Where shall I find a heart like thine
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