The Buckley School's founder believed that all public speakers should hone their presentation skills by reading poetry out loud. We keep that worthwhile practice alive by including a poem in our magazine each month for you to read aloud.
"Essentially and definitely a poem in the fullest and most positive sense of the term."– Poet Algernon Swinburne on "Wuthering Heights"
This is not the first time we've featured a poem from Emily Brontë, who is far better known for her work as a novelist. You can learn more about her and find another of her poems here.
Our February selection will heighten your diction and enunciation--and might work nicely if you're celebrating Galentine's Day with friends.
"Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."– Leslie Knope describing Galentine's Day in "Parks and Recreation"
As for the plants in the poem, we know the holly tree and we're going to assume a wild rose-briar is the rosa rubignosa or sweet-briar rose, though if you have more accurate information on that, we'd love to hear it!
by Emily Brontë
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.
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