Emily Bronte’s poem analysis
Emily Bronte spends last days of her life at home. She didn’t have any outdoor activities. Her life was full of miseries and gloomy incidents. There Is not any light of hope and couragment In her life. She was fed up with her life. She wrote this poem In those days when she was bound at home. This poem Is the true representative of her disappointed feelings. She wanted to sleep but sleep brings no rest to her. She wanted to sleep eternally. She was disturbed by the painful memories which she had suffering in her life. She wanted to escape from the reality.
As Paul Lieder points out; “Emily Bronte wrote so little in her short life that it is difficult to appraise her work with any surety. One point is generally agreed that in both her prose and poetry there is in spite of minor faults or rare power. Title of the poem: Emily Bronte’s poem, “Sleep brings no Joy to me” dont have any title. The poem is without a title. Infect Emily was very discouraged after her brother’s death. She was very prone to sickness. She spent most of her time at home. During her time at home she wrote all her poems in a notebook.
When her sisters found this otebook and read her poetry. Her sisters Incouraged her to publish her work. So this book was published by the name of “Wuthering Heights” In 1847. This poem reflects the miseries of her own life. This poem is all about her life and how she tired of it. She wanted to get rid of her life and wants to die. Themes of the poem: This poem is an autobiographical poem of Emily Bronte. This poem reveals her miserable condition in her life. The themes of the poem are; Death Hopelessness Escapism Painful memories Death: Death Is the maln theme of the poem.
The poem Is written by Emily Bronte. The oetess wants to die because doesnt find any source of comfort and relief even In sleep. In this poem we can analyze that sleep Is not any source of Joy, hope and rest for her-so she wants to get rid of her life. She is preeminently a poet of self-conscious expression and of an interior life focused on observation and imagination. Emily’s life was that of a representation solitary. Making of a Solitary: According to the elements in Emily Bronte’s life that shaped her solitude must be counted. The death of her mother when Emily was of 3 years old.
The death of her two older sisters due to Typhoid, when she was of 6 years old. Her independent learning and intense intellectual interest without formal schooling or socialization. Escapism: Escapism Is another Important theme of the poem. The poetess life was very miserable and full of harshness. She wants to sleep so that she can get rid of her painful memories for sometimes. In the last stanza she wanted to escape from reality. She wanted to escape from all those things which had made her so disturbed ana depressed. I nars wny sne Decame tne poet 0T solltuae.
But In sleep sne doesn’t find any comfort and relief because those harsh memories come in the form of orrible dreams. When she says “Rememberance never dies”. Hopelessness: The poem also shows the helplessness of the poetess. Her life was full of harsh incidents. She tries to find out any source of hope and Joy in sleep but all her efforts goes in vain. Sleep becomes more painful and disturbed element of her life. Then she preyed for death to seek comfort. Painful Memories: “Sleep brings no hope to This poem is all about life and how she tired of it. She wanted to leave this life. She suffered a lot in her life.
Emily became weaken by unsanitary circumstances in her household. She wanted to escape from painful memories. Symbols used in the poem A lot of symbols are used in the poem, “Sleep brings no Joy to me” Written by Emily Bronte. These symbols are as follows; Sleep: Sleep is usually the symbol of death, darkness, unconsciousness and way to escape something. But in Emilys poem, sleep brings dark aspects of her life more clearly and intensively. She sleeps because she can escape from her harsh life for sometimes’ but it is not so. So she wants to sleep eternally. Shadow: Shadows are dark, dreary, haunting and ghostly.
In this poem, shadows are ymbolically horrible and ghostly, when she says, dead My wakening eyes may never see” “The shadows are This shadow may have been her husband or her protective person. When Emily Bronte needed the attention of her mother, she lost her mother. She has no mother’s lap to take a relief from the painful memories. Sail: Sail is another symbol used in this poem. Sail is the symbol of something that is light weight, effortless and depend on natural sources. In this poem, the poetess compares herself with a sail. She feels herself effortless against the problems of life. Wilder Sea:
Wilder sea is the symbol of depth, mystery and violence. In this poem, Emily compares the whole world with wilder sea or it may be her own life that is full of mystery and violence. Wave: A wave can be violent disturbance. It also symbolizes force that can overcome you. In Emily’s poem wave is symbolizes with death that overcomes her own life. Stylistically Analysis Epithet: Use of epithet is available in this poem. Epithet is actually an adjectival phrase. The epithet used in this poems are; “wakening eye”, “sounder sleep”, “doleful imagery’, “wilder sea”, “darker wave”, “harassed heart”.
Metaphor: In Emilys poems metaphor is also used. In 4th stanza, when she compares herself with sail and feels herself effortless against the difficulties of life. cap tallzatlon: There are some words that start with capital letter such as “Surround my bed”. Here in the word surround,’s’ is capital. This means that horrible shadows and scornful images that disturb her, they dome particularly when she is in her bedroom during sleep. This shadow comes in the form of dreams. Rhyme scheme: The poem has 6 stanzas, and each stanza has the rhyme scheme of abab. Words which shows mood of the poetess:
There are certain words in this poem which reveals the gloomy or despair mood of the poetess, such as the repetition of the word ‘no’. Just like ‘no hope’, ‘no Joy, ‘no friend’, ‘no strength’. And other words which gloomy mood are; ‘darker’, ‘doleful’, ‘scornfully, ‘death’, ‘misery etc. Feministic point of view Negativity: The whole poem is written in dejected mood. There is not any positivity or positive connotation used in this poem. Inferiority Complex: We can also find inferiority complex in this poem. She has not any friend or people that console her in sorrowful situation.
She doesn’t find any people who protect her. Female are weak gender: Usually it is said that women are physically and mentally weak gender. In this poem we can analyze that the poetess tries to find someone who console her, protect her or support her in her miserable condition. Analysis of the poem Sleep brings no Joy to me. Remembrance never dies. My soul is given to mystery, And lives in sighs. My interpretation of the first stanza is that the individual goes to sleep in effort to escape memories; however, the memories are only seen and lived once again in her dreams.
Her soul seeks answers to questions that she may never find so she sighs in disappointment, in an effort to calm herself down, and to give up on pondering and remembering the past. Sleep brings no rest to me; The shadows of the dead My wakening eyes may never see Surround my bed. The second stanza tells us that although she sleeps, she does not rest. Her mind fails to enter a place of relaxation and peace. She will never see shadows of a particular person, who may have been a husband that would watch over her as she sleeps.
The second and forth lines of the stanza could be further interpreted to announce that he person would protect her in her place of rest, sickness, or peace and that she sees this person’s ghost as she sleep. At this point we know that this protective person Is aeceasea Oue to tne pnrase “snaaows 0T Sleep brings no hope to me, In soundest sleep they come, And with their doleful imag’ry Deepen the gloom. The third stanza states that she sleeps in hopes of being able to remove herself from her state of depression, but it fails every time because in her dreams she sees the decreased person and it deepens her depression.
Sleep brings no strength to me, No power renewed to brave; I only sail a wilder sea, A darker wave The forth stanza tells us that sleep does not strengthen her ability to move on. She feels that she cannot and is not swimming in a sea, but that she is only floating on top of the water without any protection from the waves that could kill her with their strength. She is indifferent towards death and life. Sleep brings no friend to me to soothe and aid to bear; They all gaze on, how scornfully, And I despair. The fifth stanza reveals that people who she once considered friends do not help her to heal from her pain or suffering.
These people Just appear to be dumbfounded nd are waiting for her next move, but their lack of action and support Just makes her feel hopeless and obsolete. Sleep brings no wish to fret My harassed heart beneath; My only wish is to forget In endless sleep of death. The sixth stanza announces her desire to die. Sleep causes her to not crave to worry or ponder anymore. Her heart is broken and all she wants to do is forget about all of her pain, worries, questions, discomfort, hopelessness by dying. She believes that her only way to find peace is in death, where she may feel that she’s sure to be with the deceased person once again.