“An Unreclaimed Creature”: Emily Brontë, 200 years on.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, so it seems only right that she is our inspiration for today’s #MondayMotivation!
Emily Brontë, one third of the famous Brontë sisters’ trio, is embedded in contemporary literature and culture. Although she had to share the limelight with sisters Charlotte and Anne, Emily undoubtedly made her own, very prominent mark on the world, both during her life and after her death. She only wrote one novel but that, it seemed, was all she needed to have a long-lasting effect on the world. Hailed as innovative and passionate, shocking reviewers with its sexual imagery and bravery, Wuthering Heights manifested a change in Victorian literature and, subsequently, Victorian women. Since then, Wuthering Heights has become one of the most famous novels in the literary canon; adapted countless times, it has been the subject of over 30 TV and film revisions.
Emily Brontë is a key figure to embrace when looking for motivation to write. She found her passion, inventing worlds and characters with unsurmountable realism, imbued with passion that leapt off of the page and divided critics the world over. Not only that but she continually refused to be discouraged, even through various setbacks. The collection of poetry by all three sisters, Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell only sold two copies, yet Emily would not allow herself to become complacent. Nor did she allow her own gender to hold her back, using a pseudonym to take a male-dominated world by storm. Despite the many obstacles she faced, Emily Brontë proved that she was just as good a writer as any man could be, just as talented as any of her sisters, and that bravery and perseverance undeniably paid off.
To celebrate both her work and her birthday, we at The Student Wordsmith would like you to send in creative pieces inspired by this quote from Wuthering Heights:
“An unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation; an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone.” (p.60)
The piece can take any form you wish; poetry, flash fiction, short story, script, song and it can use the quote as much or as little as you would like. Send your pieces to submissions@thestudentwordsmith by 12pm on Wednesday 1st August. We will read through all the entries and then share our favourites on our website and across social media!
Take a leaf out of Emily’s book and be brave with your writing; who knows, maybe you could be penning the next Wuthering Heights!
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (Project Gutenberg, 1996) <https://www.ucm.es/data/cont/docs/119-2014-04-09-Wuthering%20Heights.pdf> [accessed 30 July 2018)