Analysis of Spellbound

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Analysis of “Spellbound” by Emily Bronte “Spellbound,” by Emily Bronte, is a poem about the powers of a force beyond human control. This force captivates and lures a person despite the possibility of being put in an adverse situation. In each of the stanzas she uses nature as metaphor to relate the powerful sensations created by being spellbound. Emily Bronte uses rhyme throughout the poem and ends each stanza with the words “cannot go.” However, the words themselves are heavy and intense. This reflects the duality of being spellbound. The poem starts by putting the reader in the moment, “the night is darkening around me.” Bronte drops the readers directly in this inauspicious and freighting scene. She furthers this sentiment in the next line by adding a cold and wild wind. These conditions are already uncomfortable enough for most people to run from. However, a “tyrant spell” has entranced her and, she “cannot go.” The second stanza continues horrific place. Bound describes giant trees with branches that are being weighed down with cold snow, and these might describe horrific moments of her life. She says, “The storm is fast descending,” furthering the sentiment of being trapped in this dreadful situation. Bronte affirms this notion in the last line by ending once again with the words, “I cannot go.” The final stanza, Bronte describes very difficult conditions. There are “Clouds beyond clouds” in the sky, then “Wastes beyond wastes below.” Wastes are barren land, creating the impression of a lonely, uncomfortable place where a woman would not wish to be alone on a stormy winter's night. She says, “nothing drear can move me,” which describes kind of depression. The last line of the poem she says, “I can not go, and I will not go”. The spell seems to have such a magical power of her that she would not even make any attempt to leave.
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