Emily Brontë’s Tears

Emily Brontë, born 30 July 1818 is famous for her only novel, “Wuthering Heights” (1847). But she was also a poet and left behind some beautiful poems she wrote before dying of tuberculosis, at just 30 years of age.

Here is an eight-line poem, about a heart filled with pain, close to falling apart.

She dried her tears, and they did smile
To see her cheeks’ returning glow;
Nor did discern how all the while
That full heart throbbed to overflow.

With that sweet look and lively tone,
And bright eye shining all the day,
They could not guess, at midnight lone
How she would weep the time away.

Si asciugò le lacrime e sorrisero
nel veder che le guance tornavano a scintillare;
senza capire come per tutto il tempo
il cuore gonfio stava per straripare.

Con quello sguardo dolce, il tono brioso,
e gli occhi che risplendevano tutto il giorno,
non potevano indovinare che a mezzanotte, sola,
avrebbe pianto quel tempo senza ritorno.
(Trad: L.Z.)

Image: Man Ray – Larmes (cropped) (www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/37756/man-ray-larmes-tears-american-about-1932)

61 thoughts on “Emily Brontë’s Tears

    1. She died one year after the publication of her novel. which at the time got negative reception-
      She had been ill for some time, but her health began to fail rapidly: her breathing became more and more difficult, and she suffered great pain.

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  1. Molto bella, sensazioni che credo almeno una volta nella vita siano state provate in special modo per quanto riguarda noi donne: quante volte abbiamo ricacciato indietro le lacrime faccendo buon viso a cattiva sorte, e poi non appena ritrovate sole gli abbiamo dato pieno sfogo. Emily Brontë era una grande donna e di conseguenza autrice. Un inno alla tua sensibilità per averla ricordata. Buon pomeriggio 😘

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  2. THE PAIN IS FELT THROUGH HER WRITING.. WE DEFINITELY CAN FEEL IT . I SOMETIMES GO BACK TO MY TWO SMALL DAILY DIARYS AND REMEMBERING THE SHOCK OF MY STROKE AND THEN LEARNING I HAD M.S. ,multiple sclerosis And then Gene s trigeminal nerve disease tic delarue THE PAIN ALL DAY AND NIGHT I TURNED OUT WONDERFUL CHILDREN’S STORIES AND ANIMAL STORIES . AND COULD NO LONGER PLAY HIS BEAUTIFUL HORNS AGAIN BUT DID A HELL OF A LOT WRITING MUSIC AND TAKEN UP KEYBOARD PIANO PLAYING .. TURN THAT LEMON INTO A LEMONADE THANK YOU DEAR LUISA AND ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND, SINCERELY SHARON 😸💃

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    1. Sad memories can help you get stronger.
      But the pain remains 🙏🥀🙏🥀🙏
      Today is the International Friendship Day so I’m sending you my special warmest hugs 💜Please feel my closeness to you🤗😍🤗

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    2. Sad memories can help you get stronger.
      But the pain remains 🙏🥀🙏🥀🙏
      Today is the International Friendship Day so I’m sending you my special warmest hugs 💜Please feel my closeness to you🤗😍🤗

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  3. La Poe è inquietante , ottima la traduzione letterale…ma anche emily lo fu, inquietante…si definisce “gotico”, come del resto anche buona parte del famosissimo “Cime tempestose” l’episodio in cui Heathcliff scava nella terra gelata per rivedere il cadavere della donna amata… brividi di orrore pensando a quello che avrebbe potuto trovare. Insomma per me in emily c’è molto di più di un romanticismo vittoriano proprio dell’epoca…sarebbe molto piaciuta ad Edgard Alla Poe, che tra l’altro è morto un anno dopo di lei… scusami se ho divagato, ma vo dove l’emozione del momento mi porta ❤

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