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Charles West Cope, “Yes or No,” 1872

According to Thorne-Murphy, the depiction of rape resolves her doubts about the ability of female poetical ability, sourcing the advocation of female nurture towards these wronged women as the key to healing society’s social wounds. however, while her depiction of rape and prostitution would have been shocking to modern readers, her poetry in this poem is political.

The “desire for freedom” and Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights, her most well-known work, is filled with subversive political topics typically removed from the usual conversation in Victorian England, such as “drunkenness, godlessness, licentiousness [and] myriad forms of delinquency” (Ward, 2008, p. 529). As a result, it would be surprising for her to write about such topics in her poetry. Ian Ward (2008) asserts that there is “no easy separation of the poetic and the political” (p (Eagleton, 2005, pg. 7). Bront was “consumed by a passion for freedom” as a result of the Napoleonic wars, which produced the “social and psychological climate” (Guimares, 2006, p. 2) that had an impact on an entire generation of Victorians. Our comprehension of Bronte’s political interests is clarified by the culmination of these critical viewpoints. From her most famous work to her poems, the environment in which she was raised pushed her writing to connect with a strong attachment for political commentary.

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