Charlotte Bronte: Poems Literary Elements

Charlotte Bronte: Poems Literary Elements

Speaker or Narrator, and Point of View

The poems are told from a subjective first person perspective.

Form and Meter

The poems are written in a iambic pentameter.

Metaphors and Similes

In the poem entitled "Passion’’, the narrator compares herself to a soldier who returns home from war. The comparison is used here to highlight how the narrator feels when competing for the love of the one she cares about.

Alliteration and Assonance

We find alliteration in the lines "Could I gain thy love to-night,/ I’s hazard death to-morrow.’’


An ironic element appears in the poem entitled "On the death of Anne Bronte’’ where the narrator thanks God for what happened to Anne Bronte even though she died as a result of a painful disease.


The poems in the collection are meditative poems.


The action of the poem entitled "Life’’ takes place inside a garden.


The narrator uses a positive tone in most of the poems.

Protagonist and Antagonist

In the poem where the narrator discusses the death of her sister, the protagonist is life and the antagonist is death.

Major Conflict

The major conflict in the poem entitled "Passion’’ is between the narrator’s feelings for the unnamed man in the poem and the possibility of being rejected by him.


The poem "Passion’’ reaches its climax when the narrator mentions how the man did not respond the same way to her feelings.


The fact that the narrator’s feelings will not be returned in the poem "Passion’’ is foreshadowed in the beginning of the poem when the narrator talks about the bloody battlefield she has to cross to reach her loved one.


When the narrator claims in the first stanza of the poem "Life’’ that good days and times are sure to come is an understatement because in the next stanza she mentions how those days are rare and pass by too quickly and thus we rarely appreciate them.


In the poem entitled "Life’’, the narrator mentions how beautiful roses grow after the rain. Through this, the narrator wanted to allude how even though sometimes life is hard, good times are sure to follow and thus we should not be quick to judge the rain and perceive it as being something entirely negative.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

The term "breath’’ is used in the poem "On the death of Anne Bronte’’ as a genera: term to make reference to the act of living.




We find a hyperbole in the lines "There’s little joy in life for me,/And little terror in the grave’’.


We find onomatopoeia in the line "There is no use in weeping’’.

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