A drunk. A drug addict. A wasted talent. These are often the words used to describe Branwell Brontë. But did you know that Branwell was a published poet long before his sisters?
Not many do. Branwell didn’t help himself (he rarely did) by publishing under a pseudonym: Northangerland. This name belonged to his favourite character from the stories he wrote with Charlotte as a boy, and he used it to sign off all but one of his poems.
Here’s a full list of the poems Branwell had published. You can click on the links to read them.
Heaven and Earth – 5th June 1841
On the Melbourne Ministry – 14th August 1841 (published under his initials P.B.B.)
On Landseer’s Painting – 28th April 1842 (published again with amendments 10th May 1845)
On the Callousness Produced by Cares – 7th May 1842
The Afghan War – 7th May 1842
On Peaceful Death and Painful Life – 14th May 1842
Caroline’s Prayer – 2nd June 1842
Song – 11th June 1842
An Epicurean’s Song – 9th July 1842
On Caroline – 14th July 1842
Noah’s Warning over Methuselah’s Grave – 25th August 1842
The Emmigrant – Two Sonnets – 7th June 1845
Black Comb – 10th May 1845
Real Rest – 8th November 1845
Penmaenmawr – 20th December 1845
Letter from a Father on Earth to His Child in Her Grave – 18th April 1846
The End of All – 5th June 1847
You can find all of Branwell’s published poems, as well as some of his unpublished works too, in The Life and Work of Branwell Brontë.