Poem written by a 13-year-old sells for $140,000(Read article summary)
Granted, the 13-year-old was Charlotte BrontĂ«, and the poem was written in 1829, but still....
The extremely rare manuscript, measuring a scant three square inches, sold at Bonhams Auction House for about ÂŁ100,000 (about $140,000 USD) â€“ more than twice its estimated worth, reported the Guardian.
Titled "I've Been Wandering in the Greenwoods," signed "C. BrontĂ«," and dated December 14, 1829, the poem is one of about four of Charlotte BrontĂ«'s 200 poems in private hands. The rest have been collected by institutions. All the BrontĂ« siblings (including Emily, Anne, and brother Branwell) wrote with small, cramped letters to get the most out of their limited, expensive supply of paper. The poem is difficult to read unaided.
"Greenwoods"Â appeared in "The Young Man's Intelligencer,"Â the BrontĂ« sibling's literary magazine that they wrote and edited themselves. Charlotte took over editing the magazine from Branwell in 1829, the year the poem was published.
Here's the text of the poem:
"I've Been Wandering in the Greenwoods"
I've been wandering in the greenwoodsÂ
And mid flowery smiling plainsÂ
I've been listening to the dark floodsÂ
To the thrushes thrilling strains
I have gathered the pale primroseÂ
And the purple violet sweetÂ
I've been where the Asphodel growsÂ
And where lives the red deer fleet.
I've been to the distant mountain,Â
To the silver singing rillÂ
By the crystal murmering fountain,Â
And the shady verdant hill.
I've been where the poplar is springingÂ
From the fair Inamelled groundÂ
Where the nightingale is singingÂ
With a solemn plaintive sound.
-C. BrontĂ«, December 14, 1829
Ben Frederick is a contributor to The Christian Science Monitor