Poem introduction

This is Emily Bronte at her most extreme and fiercely elemental. It’s one of her later poems, although not, as her sister Charlotte imagined, her last. The speaker – very probably the poet herself, although you can never be sure – rejects orthodox religion and feels the spirit of God living within her own being.

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