Emily Brontë and her Last lines. A poem where she thinks about death and immortality. It is also the poem, where she doubts herself.
About Last lines
Last lines is a poem that is about death and immortality. Brontë is not afraid of death in this poem. She relies on her faith and has the strength to answer for any of the actions or decisions she made during her life. When taking into consideration what happened to this poetess (she died at the age of 30), one might think that these Last lines were written by her, with the knowledge that she might die soon.
This poem is a deeply religious poem. The fact that Brontë was raised by a Christian family, doesn’t make this poem typical Christian. This poem could be written by anyone with deep religious beliefs.
NO coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven’s glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
O God within my breast,
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life–that in me has rest,
As I–undying Life–have power in Thee!
Vain are the thousand creeds
That move men’s hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as wither’d weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,
To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchor’d on
The steadfast rock of immortality.
With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.
Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes cease to be,
And Thou were left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou–Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.
— Emily Brontë