Poem introduction

Emily Bronte was pantheist, a nature mystic, someone who saw or felt the spirit of God in the manifestations of the natural world. 'The Night-Wind' is apparently one of her earliest poems, written in September 1840. The speaker is haunted by a voice embodied in the gentle wind on a summer night, offering the temptations of dying and becoming one with nature. I couldn’t help being reminded of the ghostly Catherine in Wuthering Heights, although there’s no logical connection and the poem preceded the novel by some years.

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