Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Charlotte Brontë in Brussels

Charlotte Brontë came to Brussels
A long, long time ago,
“Villette” tells us all about it;
Alter ego – Lucy Snowe?

She caught a glimpse of Leopold
Belgium's brand new king
She struggled hard to master French
But found her studies grim.

With sister Emily by her side
In 1842
Forced to leave (their Aunt had died);
Just Charlotte came anew.

This time to teach, as funds were low
With Héger her strict guide
Intact her dream to start a school;
How very hard she tried.

But Haworth claimed her once again
She immortalised Jane Eyre
This golden classic brought her fame
But - Héger didn't care!

(c) Poet in the woods 2016

Born 21st April 1816 died 1855

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