Branwell Brontë: Published Poet

A drunk. A drug addict. A wasted talent. These are often the words used to describe Branwell Brontë. But did you know that Branwell was a published poet long before his sisters?

Not many do. Branwell didn’t help himself (he rarely did) by publishing under a pseudonym: Northangerland. This name belonged to his favourite character from the stories he wrote with Charlotte as a boy, and he used it to sign off all but one of his poems.

Here’s a full list of the poems Branwell had published. You can click on the links to read them.

Heaven and Earth – 5th June 1841

On the Melbourne Ministry – 14th August 1841 (published under his initials P.B.B.)

On Landseer’s Painting – 28th April 1842 (published again with amendments 10th May 1845)

On the Callousness Produced by Cares – 7th May 1842

The Afghan War – 7th May 1842

On Peaceful Death and Painful Life – 14th May 1842

Caroline’s Prayer – 2nd June 1842

Song – 11th June 1842

An Epicurean’s Song – 9th July 1842

On Caroline – 14th July 1842

Noah’s Warning over Methuselah’s Grave – 25th August 1842

The Emmigrant – Two Sonnets – 7th June 1845

Black Comb – 10th May 1845

Real Rest – 8th November 1845

Penmaenmawr – 20th December 1845

Letter from a Father on Earth to His Child in Her Grave – 18th April 1846

The End of All – 5th June 1847

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