The Brontës  were a nineteenth-century literary family associated with Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The sisters, Charlotte (born 21 April 1816), Emily (born 30 July 1818), and Anne (born 17 January 1820), are well known as poets and novelists. They originally published their poems and novels under masculine pseudonyms, following the custom of the times practised by female writers. Their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality. Charlotte's Jane Eyre was the first to know success, while Emily's Wuthering Heights, Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and other works were later to be accepted as masterpieces of literature.  

The Brontes Image2 Howorth Hill

Illustration courtesy of

The National Portrait Gallery, London

Haworth’s hill is hard to climb

But with tenacity and time,

    You’ll reach, upon that Pennine hill,

     A cemetery with daffodils.


High on the hill, as you’ll also see,

Is a parsonage near a cemetery.

       This is a home of much acclaim

        Where lived a family of fame.


Writers of great works lived here

And in the parsonage, quite clear,

     They left their study tidy, clean -

      Quite unlike my poetic scene.


At night, on Haworth’s cobbled street,

In darkened shadows, you may meet

     Three sisters looking sadly stressed,

     In 19th century costume dressed.


The Brontes, who had literary goals,

Now find no rest for their dear souls

      And, fleeing those, from far and wide,

       Seek sanctuary in which to hide.


You writers, who lay claim to fame,

Make sure that things won’t be the same -

     And please check well before you die

    That there’s good parking quite nearby.


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