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Remembrance (Cold in the earth) Summary & Analysis
by Emily Bronte

“Remembrance (Cold in the earth)” is a poem written in 1845 by the English poet and novelist Emily Brontë. An elegy, “Remembrance” explores death, grief, and loss, as the speaker mourns her first and only love, who died 15 years earlier. Brontë originally wrote the poem in the voice of a character from an imaginary world, Gondal, that she had invented with her siblings when they were children. This character was a queen named Rosina Alcona, who in the poem laments the loss of her beloved husband. When she published the poem, however, Brontë removed any references to this world. “Remembrance” was included in a collection Brontë published with her sisters, the writers Charlotte and Anne Brontë, in 1846.

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