Background of the poem:
Emily Bronte spends last days of her life at home. She didn’t have any outdoor activities. Her life was full of miseries and gloomy incidents. There is not any light of hope and couragment in her life. She was fed up with her life. She wrote this poem in those days when she was bound at home. This poem is the true representative of her disappointed feelings. She wanted to sleep but sleep brings no rest to her. She wanted to sleep eternally. She was disturbed by the painful memories which she had suffering in her life. She wanted to escape from the reality. As Paul Lieder points out; “Emily Bronte wrote so little in her short life that it is difficult to appraise her work with any surety. One point is generally agreed that in both her prose and poetry there is in spite of minor faults or rare power. Title of the poem:
Emily Bronte’s poem, “Sleep brings no joy to me” don’t have any title. The poem is without a title. Infect Emily was very discouraged after her brother’s death. She was very prone to sickness. She spent most of her time at home. During her time at home she wrote all her poems in a notebook. When her sisters found this notebook and read her poetry. Her sisters incouraged her to publish her work. So this book was published by the name of “Wuthering Heights” in 1847. This poem reflects the miseries of her own life. This poem is all about her life and how she tired of it. She wanted to get rid of her life and wants to die. Themes of the poem:
This poem is an autobiographical poem of Emily Bronte. This poem reveals her miserable condition in her life. The themes of the poem are; Death
Death is the main theme of the poem. The poem is written by Emily Bronte. The poetess wants to die because doesn’t find any source of comfort and relief even in sleep. In this poem we can analyze that sleep is not any source of joy, hope and rest for her.so she wants to get rid of her life. She is preeminently a poet of self-conscious expression and of an interior life focused on observation and imagination. Emily’s life was that of a representation solitary. Making of a Solitary:
According to the elements in Emily Bronte’s life that shaped her solitude must be counted. The death of her mother when Emily was of 3 years old.
The death of her two older sisters due to Typhoid, when she was of 6 years old. Her independent learning and intense intellectual interest without formal schooling or socialization.
Escapism is another important theme of the poem. The poetess life was very miserable and full of harshness. She wants to sleep so that she can get rid of her painful memories for sometimes. In the last stanza she wanted to escape from reality. She wanted to escape from all those things which had made her so disturbed and depressed. That’s why she became the poet of solitude. But in sleep she doesn’t find any comfort and relief because those harsh memories come in the form of horrible dreams. When she says “Rememberance never dies”. Hopelessness:
The poem also shows the helplessness of the poetess. Her life was full of harsh incidents. She tries to find out any source of hope and joy in sleep but all her efforts goes in vain. Sleep becomes more painful and disturbed element of her life. Then she preyed for death to seek comfort. “Sleep brings no hope to me”
This poem is all about life and how she tired of it. She wanted to leave this life. She suffered a lot in her life. Emily became weaken by unsanitary circumstances in her household. She wanted to escape from painful memories.
Symbols used in the poem
A lot of symbols are used in the poem,...
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