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In literary history it can happen that different sensibilities may produce novels or poems which recall one another, or hint to one another. This brief outline points out how a celebrated XXth Century poet, T. S. Eliot, may have read one of Branwell Brontë’s late poems of despair, and from this he may perhaps have taken some inspiration for his own lines, now considered almost a symbol of modernist poetry, the renown incipit of Waste Land.

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It is interesting because it shows a similarity of images and vocabulary between the incipit of the Waste LAnd and one of Branwell Bronte's poems, dedicated to the illegimate daughter he did not know and who died very early: all this indicates that T. S. Eliot might have read Branwell Bronte's poems

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This page is a summary of: Branwell Brontë and T. S. Eliot, April Rain and Aching Memories: History of a Reading?, Brontë Studies, April 2013, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1179/1474893213z.00000000060.
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