Here you saw the sweet azure of bluebells,

and recognized in pearl-white blossoms,

It is the slight and stately stem e

In every wild bluebell a

The buds hid like a sapphire gem e

That words could never tell a

spangling the grass,

a humble type of some star-lit spot in space. c

~ e ~ From the poem The Blue Bell by Emily Brontë (lines 29 & 31)

~ a ~ From the poem The Bluebell by Anne Brontë (lines 6 & 8)

~ c ~ From the novel Shirley by Charlotte Brontë (chapter 21)

3 thoughts on “Brontës and Bluebells: a Patchwork Poem

    1. Hi Barrie 🙂

      I understand the confusion and it’s not you that’s missing something. It appears that I have sacrificed clarity in an attempt to keep the poem uncluttered by superscripts.

      “Here you saw the sweet azure of bluebells, and recognized in pearl-white blossoms, spangling the grass, a humble type of some star-lit spot in space.” – This is a single line of prose written by Charlotte, (denoted by superscript ‘c’).

      I took the liberty of breaking that single sentence into four distinct poetic lines, split through the middle with lines of poetry by Emily and Anne, (denoted by superscripts ‘e’ and ‘a’).

      There is no ‘b’ or ‘d’ because I didn’t include any lines written by Branwell or the siblings’ Dad. (See what I did there?!) 🙂

      Maybe I should go back and edit the poem to include ‘c’ superscripts at the end of the remaining three lines. Maybe. K x

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