This is the original book of verse reprinted for the umpteenth time. At last I am able to get to grips with their writing in it's earliest form ( unless you count Angria and Gonderal which I have yet to look for). Their poetry is a testament to the sisters' family life with their father Revd Patrick Bronte., and their aunt Elizabeth Branwell. These poems convey to me the sensibilities of a family who suffered great loss ( their mother and elder 2 sisters) very early in their lives, and who have lived in a genteel family where expression was encouraged amidst copious amounts of love and caring. ( not to mention a disciplined life structured by church, keen social responsability, and an enormous capacity to relate openly to others amidst the constraints of the era they lived in ). I don't know poetry well enough to criticise the poets' form and presentation. I just know enough to see that these were women I would have liked to have known, for they have strong hearts and minds.
Not only novelists par excellence but fine poets as well.Kathryn White's introduction to this short book is worth the price alone.Sure to encourage the reader to visit the Bronte Parsonage museum where three exceptional talents resided.