PARTING. BY CURRER BELL.
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:March 22nd 1862
This poem by ‘Currer Bell’ (actually the by now deceased Charlotte Brontë) is a call for cheeriness in parting, not dwelling on absence. There is a reference to breaking bonds which evokes the imagery of slavery though this does not appear to be related to abolition. The poem can be read as religious in that it encourages faith in a better future possibly in the afterlife, but there is no direct reference to Christianity. It is certainly true that there was an increase in economic migration during the Cotton Famine and this may have been published partly to sympathise with people suffering from being parted with their loved ones. – SR