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April 11, 2013

Charlotte Bronte poem: $47,000 an inch

Charlotte Bronte, who wrote more than 200 poems, penned "I've Been Wandering in the Greenwoods" when she was just 13 years old.

Charlotte Bronte, who wrote more than 200 poems, penned “I’ve Been Wandering in the Greenwoods” when she was just 13 years old.

By Jenny Hendrix

A tiny poem written by a teenage Charlotte Bronte has sold for more than $140,000, the Guardian reports. Called “I’ve Been Wandering in the Greenwoods,” the poem, composed when Bronte was 13 years old, is handwritten on a piece of paper just three inches square. It is difficult to read without a magnifying glass.

The manuscript is dated Dec. 14, 1829, and signed “C. Bronte.” Written in a minuscule hand on the scrap of paper (easy to hide, one imagines, from one’s siblings or clergyman father) is a sweet little poem about a doleful walk along a mountain stream. It’s clearly the work of a serious child — the flowers primrose and asphodel symbolizing youth and death, respectively — and one who already had an ear for rhythm.

 

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