The night is darkening round me

The night is darkening round me

The feeling about being unable to go, to leave. To leave the place where you are. This is a poem written by Emily Brontë. This is all about being trapped and it is called The night is darkening around me.

About this poem

It is a world that Brontë shows us, where escape seems no option. The world changes, but somehow the poetess is trapped. She witnesses changes in nature, but must passively watch these events unfold.

The ”twist”  is at the end of the poem. Brontë tells us, in the first two stanzas, that she cannot escape. In the last stanza, she explains that she will not go.

The poem could be about dramatic changes or death. But, one might also consider the possibility that she was moved by love. Is love not the emotion that can be so overwhelming. This could be the answer why she found herself trapped in a situation that she would not step away from.


You be the judge. The beauty of poetry is manifested in this poem. Brontë managed to capture the reader and leave the explanation of this majestic work up to the reader.

The night is darkening round me

The night is darkening round me

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow ;
But a tyrant spell has bound me,
And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow ;
The storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below ;
But nothing drear can move me :
I will not, cannot go.

— Emily Brontë

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