Aurora Leigh and Jane Eyre
- The two works have several similarities. Firstly, they are verses about two young ladies who are left to face the challenges of the world at a very early age, for example, Aurora is left an orphan at the age of thirteen years when her father died (Browning, 2013). Jane Eyre is also a story of an underprivileged, unloved orphan, who at the end of her story finds love and family as well as personal riches (Bronte, 1897).
- Both works work, Aurora Leigh and Jane Eyre, shows us that they were written in a period of major social problems. The sufferings that the two young ladies go through are clear indicators, for example, Jane Eyre, who is an orphan, she is unloved and underprivileged (Bronte, 1897). They also show us that it was particularly a difficult time to become a professional woman. The poem also reveals a distrust of socialist theory, in that Browning feared that communist-style communities.
- Barrett’s work refers to Shake Spears romantic work of Romeo and Juliet. The poem is about a young girl who goes through challenges of life in search of love.
- The allusion is important to Aurora Leigh because it encourages her that in the end she will be happy despite the challenges. This is also same to Jane Eyre’s story who in the end received loved and happiness after all her sufferings (Bronte, 1897).
- The lines that interest me in this poem are “Let no one be called happy till his death” Therefore the controlling meter here is the end of life, since the end is what justifies the means. Aurora Leigh is a mystical verse as it has been written in a mysterious tune, for example, the use of words like “Tormented by the quickened blood of roots, And softly pricked by golden crocus-sheaves” insinuates some form of mystery. Barrett comes out as a progressive woman who could see better things in future even for the most troubled individual, and as the poem ends by saying that “let no one till death be called unhappy”, she wrote the poem so as to give hope to the desperate people so a to encourage them that as long as they are still alive, they stand a chance of living a happy life.