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Night is Darkening Around Me, The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Jane Brontë Type: Poetry Views: 627





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.





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I see it the other way around to most.
Emily Bronte knew well the lure of the moors and standing outside in a storm, wild dangerous and exhilarating when you should really be safe indoors. I think the "tyrants spell" is the sheer pleasure and thrill of being outside that she simply couldn't bear to take herself back to the warm safety of the home which doesn't send her senses reeling in the same way.
Mind you- like most on this page this analysis probably says more about me than the author!

| Posted on 2014-04-01 | by a guest


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This poem's sole purpose is to express Bronte's inner turmoil and anguish, her "night of the soul" – it is clear that she feels alone and also believes she is helpless to free herself from her anguish — and she expresses them using descriptions of being alone a winter storm and unable to escape the cold and the wind that are rapidly descending and increasing while she endures her own “storm” of emotions. “Nothing drear can move” her, because she has been immobilized already by the dreary state of her mind, so much so that no such outside forces can make it any worse.

| Posted on 2013-08-23 | by a guest


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Firstly, this poem is called \'Spellbound\'.
I believe that the poem is based on the idea of a mother having to leave her child to die on a winter hilltop. The refrain \'cannot go\' shows her reluctance to leave her baby. Tragically beautiful.
The woman is under a spell and finds herself unable to walk away. There is, however, no actual reference to a child in the poem.
The opening line of the poem “Spellbound” tells us that darkness is descending and surrounding the speaker. In the following line, Bronte uses alliteration in the phrase “wild winds” to make the description more vivid; not only are the winds strong, but they are also cold.
The word “But” at the beginning of the third line conveys the sense that nobody would want to stay out on a cold, dark night. The speaker, however, is under “a tyrant spell,” the adjective implying that the spell is a particularly harsh, cruel one.
Bronte connects the third line to the fourth with enjambment, thus linking the idea that because of the spell, the speaker is unable to leave the place where she is. The repetition of “cannot” emphasises the fact that it is impossible for her to go away.
The second stanza continues the description of the setting and intensifies the extreme weather conditions. The trees are “giant,” which stresses their size but also perhaps personifies them and creates a sense of fear. Bronte uses alliteration once again in the phrase “bending / their bare boughs.”
Snow is laying heavily on the boughs of the trees, so the wintery conditions are indeed severe. In line seven the speaker says that a storm is brewing, but the second stanza closes in a similar way to the first: “And yet I cannot go.”

| Posted on 2013-05-09 | by a guest


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I believe Emile brings the human mind under scope as she focuses on addiction. She describes the mind of the afflicted as a cold melancholic place.\" wild winds coldly blow\". The alliteration in this lines helps us picture the isolated character bound by a tyrant whom is resigned to her faith. In stanza\'s 2 and 3 Emile ends with \"I cannot, cannot go\". The addict attempts to convince herself that escape is impossible as to avoid the perilous journey toward salvation. In the final stanza she says \"clouds beyond clouds above me, wastes beyond wastes below; But nothing drear can move me, I will not cannot go\". She explains how if she progresses forward she doesn\'t know what the future holds and that with every glance backwards the waste she left disgusts her. By ending the poem with \"I will not, cannot go\" she shows how she finally accepts that it is her chose whether to leave this godforsaken wasteland yet she still refuses to go. Her acceptance however is the first step towards salvation. Realisation.

| Posted on 2012-06-05 | by a guest


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This poem is about the protagonist being violated by a tree fairy and a squirrel. Then she decides that she will eat the magc mushrooms and freeze the wandering mickey

| Posted on 2011-03-14 | by a guest


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The Night Is Darkening Round Me by Emily Bronte
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.
Anthology:
The poem is about the darkening night and the poet is talking about what is happening around her. The poet is trapped by the roots of the trees around her and can’t move because she is bound by an enchanted spell. The atmosphere is gloomy and sad because the poet could die. There is danger coming from all directions and the poet becomes even more trapped.
The theme of the poem is the night and the darkness. The issues shown in this poem are fear, death and danger. These are shown throughout the whole poem because the poet is trapped and can’t escape. At the end of each stanza the poet says: “I cannot go”, showing that she is trapped and that death is taking over. The darkness and night represents the poet’s fear, which makes her even more scared about her death. The mood in this poem is mainly sad and gloomy because the poet is in danger and could die.
The purpose of the poem is to show the issues of death, fear and danger. It is also to show how to deal with any situation and to be aware that death is unavoidable. The intended audience is anyone because everyone is going to face death and get into different situations.
Poetic techniques used in this poem are alliteration, repetition and rhyme. E.g. “bare boughs” and “wild winds”. The adjectives used, bare and wild, make the story easier to visualise. Rhyme is also used at the end of every line and has a rhyme scheme of abab. E.g. bending, snow, descending, go, in stanza 2. The rhyming is used to make the poem more interesting. Repetition is shown in lines 4, 8 and 12: “And I cannot, cannot go”. This is used to make the poem more interesting and emphasise that the poet is in danger and no-one can help him escape from his death.
I liked this poem because the techniques make it very descriptive. In my opinion the poet was trying to communicate that death and danger can come unexpectedly and how you deal with threats like the one the poet faced. I agree with what she is saying because death is unexpected and if you get into a tight situation you could get out of it.

| Posted on 2010-05-11 | by a guest


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"The Night is Darkening Round Me" is about a speaker who is attacked by the tyrannical nature. Different powers of nature are confining him and making him unmoved and tied. He describes them vividly and how each one of them approaches him threateningly. The atmosphere of the poem is gloomy and bleak, suggesting that the speaker is in jeopardy and is about to die.
The poet describes the gloomy scene by saying that the night darkens around him. The night represents fear and is the time when apparitions prevail. Thus, he is afraid of it. Then, he shows that the winds are blowing coldly and harshly. These natural forces are contrasted when the poet says "But" to make us aware that he has been restricted and tied by a cruel power "tyrant spell". This clearly hints at his coming death. Also, the poet says that this strange power is inescapable. He is unable to leave the scene, " I cannot, cannot go".
Subsequently, he vividly depicts the trees and describes them as giant. He says that they are bending and their boughs or branches are laden with snow. This shows that the coming danger, especially when he says that the storm is quickly descending. These natural forces too stand for the causes of death in one's life. It is clearly stated that the poet is scared by them because of the death they are going to bring about. He also summarizes each stanza by telling us that he is closely tied and can not escape from death " And yet I cannot go".
The poet moves on to say that danger and threats are coming from all sides. He says that "clouds" are above him and "wastes" below him. There is something noteworthy which the poet reveals in the end. It is the fact that no one can come to help him escape from death. Here, he is talking about his close friends and his family and the helplessness of their actions, "But nothing can drear can move me". He concludes the last stanza by the same idea. The latter is his inability to move or act against these natural forces.
Frankly speaking, this poem is well worth analysing because of the issues it discusses, such as death, danger and fear. Moreover, it teaches us moral lessons on how to deal with our lives concerning everday threats and awareness of the fact that death is inevitable is of paramount importance.
By Omar Bihmidine.

| Posted on 2009-09-01 | by a guest




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