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Full text of "The Brontes"

102                     THE   BRONTES
It must be pointed out that though Emily's
poems are her most personal revelation they are
rarely open to the autobiographical interpretation
which some biographers have insisted on giving
them. One such interpretation., for instance,
which assumes that Emily had a lover who died
in early youth, is based on the fine poem
" Remembrance/' which begins :
"Cold in the earth and the deep snow piled above thee"
This poem, as is shown by the heading of one
of the two manuscripts of it, was originally written
for the Gondal saga and is the lament of Rosina
for her murdered husband., King Julius of Angora.
It is in the Gondal poems which, like Charlotte's
Angrian poems, may have been originally incor-
porated in prose tales, that Emily voices the depth
and intensity of her absorption in those imaginary
heroes with whose adventures she and Anne were
so often occupied. The Gondal tales are lost;
Anne's notes on the geography of Gondal-land
alone remaining, and it needs great interest and
patience on the part of the reader of the poems to
disentangle from them the outlines of the fortunes
of King Julius who, for love of proud, ambitious
Rosina, usurped the throne in violation of his
oath and met his death at the hands of an avenger,
and the fate of his daughter, Augusta, who suc-
ceeded him. The mixture of the elemental pas-
sions of love, hate and revenge which dominates
the poems, and Wuthering Heights as well, no doubt,
drew from some unresolved conflict in Emily's
breast, the emotional tension and tone of which