by John Fox, Jr.
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Love and FriendshipEmily Brontë
Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was an English poet and novelist. While growing up, Brontë spent much of her time creating stories with her siblings, two of whom were also famous authors. In this poem, Emily Brontë uses symbolism to argue that friendship — not love — is everlasting.Pair “Love and Friendship” with “The Pardon of Becky Day” and ask students to discuss how love and friendship are portrayed in each piece. Is Fox’s portrayal too cynical or Brontë’s too idealized?