Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for April 29, 2018

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Here are your Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters related links for the week:


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It would not be poetry month without posting poems from the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen! Every Thursday this month, I’ll post a new poem from one of our leading ladies.

by Charlotte Bronte

SOME have won a wild delight,
By daring wilder sorrow;
Could I gain thy love to-night,
I’d hazard death to-morrow.

Could the battle-struggle earn
One kind glance from thine eye,
How this withering heart would burn,
The heady fight to try !

Welcome nights of broken sleep,
And days of carnage cold,
Could I deem that thou wouldst weep
To hear my perils told.

Tell me, if with wandering bands
I roam full far away,
Wilt thou, to those distant lands,
In spirit ever stray ?

Wild, long, a trumpet sounds afar;
Bid me­bid me go
Where Seik and Briton meet in war,
On Indian Sutlej’s flow.

Blood has dyed the Sutlej’s waves
With scarlet stain, I know;
Indus’ borders yawn with graves,
Yet, command me go !

Though rank and high the holocaust
Of nations, steams to heaven,
Glad I’d join the death-doomed host,
Were but the mandate given.

Passion’s strength should nerve my arm,
Its ardour stir my life,
Till human force to that dread charm
Should yield and sink in wild alarm,
Like trees to tempest-strife.

If, hot from war, I seek thy love,
Darest thou turn aside ?
Darest thou, then, my fire reprove,
By scorn, and maddening pride ?

No­my will shall yet control
Thy will, so high and free,
And love shall tame that haughty soul­
Yes­tenderest love for me.

I’ll read my triumph in thine eyes,
Behold, and prove the change;
Then leave, perchance, my noble prize,
Once more in arms to range.

I’d die when all the foam is up,
The bright wine sparkling high;
Nor wait till in the exhausted cup
Life’s dull dregs only lie.

Then Love thus crowned with sweet reward,
Hope blest with fulness large,
I’d mount the saddle, draw the sword,
And perish in the charge !

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

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So, you may be wondering, “Shakespeare? On an Austen blog?” Yes, dear readers. Shakespeare on an Austen blog. (For many, this may be no surprise to you.)

The inspiration came when I read April is Shakespeare’s birthday (April 23) month (which seems apropos since April is also National Poetry Month) and remembering I wrote about Will+Jane, an exhibit sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, last year. In support of the exhibit, the Library wrote several articles on topics like collecting Shakespeare and Austen and adaptations and fan fiction*.

Austen read and knew Shakespeare very well and used his plays as jumping off points for plots and characters such as direct use such works as in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure in Sense and Sensibility and the hodgepodge of influences in Mansfield Park. Stephen Derry writes, “Edmund Bertram declares that ‘one is familiar with Shakespeare in a degree … from one’s earliest years.  His celebrated passages are quoted by every body … we all talk Shakespeare, use his similes, and describe with his descriptions.'”

Austen’s keen insight and use of Shakespeare’s works gives Austen readers an opportunity to know his work without having read his work directly. Austen often indirectly quotes Shakespeare as a critique and satire of the 18th and early 19th centuries as much as Shakespeare’s himself did much the same for the 16th and 17th centuries giving Austen and Shakespeare some common parallels in their works.

If you’ve not read Shakespeare, a good way to get introduced to him, other than Jane, of course, is to check out modern movie adaptations of his work. I’m especially in love with  10 Things I Hate About You, a 1999 adaptation of Taming of the Shrew, starring Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona (Petruchio). A fun series, Shakespeare Re-Told, retells Much Ado About Nothing, MacBeth (starring a future ex-husband of mine, James McAvoy), The Taming of the Shrew (starring Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (starring Bill Paterson and Imelda Staunton) in contemporary settings. There is something hilariously delightful as Sewell spending most of the time in ladies clothes.

(Aside: I had the great pleasure to tour of The Globe Theatre on a trip to London a few years back as well as the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Basildon Park, Netherfield in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, on a separate trip to the UK. My husband and I are heading to DC next month to see the Folger Shakespeare Library and I’m pretty excited.)

*My favorite Austen fanfiction is Doctor Who/Jane Austen cross-over. Jane makes an appearance in the Doctor Who episode Frostfire. Himself makes also makes an appearance in the Doctor Who episode The Shakespeare Code.

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for April 22, 2018

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Smells of The Brontes

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This can’t be a Jane Austen and Bronte blog with naming only Jane Austen perfumes, lotions, and soaps without finding them for the Bronte’s.

While finding the smells of Austen was pretty easy, the Bronte’s were a bit more difficult. You can find more scents by going here and here.

A Breath of Fresh Eyre by BiblioBibuliCrafts ($12)
A solid perfume “…was inspired by the fresh airs on the moors, cheerful banters by a cracking fireside, and early morning walks in the Thornfield garden.”

Jane Eyre by Wrapped and Read ($30+)
A solid perfume locket using “…the scents of summer roses, wild autumn woods, and hearth fires to bring you a floral scent with smokey, dark undertones.” (The seller would like to note the price is for the perfume and locket only. You can purchase a chain for $10 more.)

Jane Eyre Oil Fragrance by Raven’s Ct Apothecary ($43.57)
Vegan perfume that has a “…romantic union of the bashful rose, elegant bergamot and the subtle clary sage.”

The Moors by Latherati Soap ($9)
Inspired by Wuthering Heights, the fragrance is “warm cedarwood, patchouli and black pepper with hints of ripe raspberry and a lush green forest.”

Latherati Soap has additional Bronte inspired products here.

Wuthering Heights by Little Book Eater ($12)
“This fragrance is inspired by Emily Bronte’s only novel, Wuthering Heights. Made with the scents of black chamomile, wild lily, herbal lavender, fresh fern, and earthy juniper.”

Wuthering Heights bar soap by The Soap Librarian ($6)
“The lavender green tea fragrance is a soothing blend of earthy green tea and floral lavender that creates a deep, mysterious scent.”