A Comparison of ???Remembrance??™ by Emily Bronte and ???Upon My Son Samuel His Going For England??™ by Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet and Emily Bronte are two female poets who have written about separation in different ways. Anne Bradstreet was a metaphysical poet, as her poetry focused greatly on religion, whilst Bronte??™s poems were written in the romantic era. Despite the fact that both poets had much disapproval about their writing from males who found it ???beyond the custom of their sex??™, they still managed to get their work published and have since become very well known in the literacy world.
In the poems ???Remembrance??™ and ???Upon My Son..??™, both women??™s main aim was to express their personal feelings and thoughts. When looking at the titles of each poem, we can see straight away that Bradstreet??™s is a lot more personal, giving us a clearer idea of the concept of the poem.
Looking at Bronte??™s title, we can see that it is very simple, to the point and less personal. Another technique worth noting is that ???Upon My Son..??™ is referring to the future, while ???Remembrance??™ is referring to the past. When looking at each poem, we notice the difference in their forms. In Bradstreet??™s poem, she addressing God in a prayer, with a lyrical sense, too. Bronte??™s poem is written in first person narrative, and although it is not a prayer, her belief of God and religion is assumed.
This is shown in the poem when it says, ???Faithful indeed is the spirit that remembers.??™ Apart from their sense of religion, another similarity in the two poems is that Bronte has also written lyrically. A possible reason that both poets chose to write lyrical poems could be by means of expressing themselves. The poems themselves are both very similar in that they both express the emoticons and thoughts that you go through with separation and love, although there are more differences. Firstly, Bradstreet is merely writing about her son going away to England, but Bronte is describing the death of a partner .The fact that she will never see person again reflects in the intense emotive language she uses in the poem.
For example, she expresses the pain she felt in the line, ???Then did I check the tears of useless passion.??™ The mood and tone of the two poems differ. Bradstreet is very much certain and trusting in God throughout the whole prayer, while Bronte is more doubtful, and has a change of feeling throughout her poem as she goes from questioning to doubting, but then more certain and resolved at the end. This change is shown when she writes, ???All my life??™s bliss is in the grave with thee??™ and then goes on to say, ??? Then did I learn how existence could be cherished.??™ This shows how she goes from feeling like she could never be happy without her loved one, to a more positive note on how she is happy to exist.
Bradstreet shows her certainty in God when she says, ???I give him thee.??™ This shows that she has faith in God and that she ill submit her son to whatever he has in store for him. There is a pleading tone in her writing. The obvious similarity in both is that of their sadness at the separation, and also grief and despair. This grief is much more intense in Bronte??™s poem, while Bradstreet is more hopeful.
The concept of death is greatly emphasised in ???Remembrance??™ by the constant repetition , like ???cold,??™ ???severed,??™ and ???my life??™s bliss.??™ This all adds to the emoticon and grief that Bronte wants to portray in the poem. Bradstreet??™s emphasis is more concentrated on God. Many comparisons can be made between ???Upon My Son..??? and the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel in that they are both prayers that are addressing God as it starts off with, ???Thou almighty God of sea and land??™ in Bradstreet??™s poem and, ???Lord of hosts??™ in Hannah??™s story. They both are giving there son to God and asking God to protect them.
In ???Remembrance???, comparisons can also be made with the characters in the imaginary world ???Gondal.??™ In my opinion, Emily Bronte??™s poem ???Remembrance??™ is more appealing to me, because I can relate to what she is saying and I think the language used has a real impact on the reader that really helps them to understand what she has went through. I don??™t really like ???Upon My Son..
??™ because it is quite bland and Bradstreet does not express her emotcions and feelings as clearly and intensely as Bronte.