Eng 500: A Question of Authorship

    In a Victorian poetry class you have been assigned a paper on the poetry of Emily Brontë.  Your preliminary research turns up a poem that interests you but for which you also discover the following material, which will bear on how you treat the poem in your essay.

The poem:  "Often rebuked, yet always back returning"
 
    In the anthology assigned for this hypothetical class--Angela Leighton and Margaret Reynolds, eds., Victorian Women Poets (London: Blackwell, 1995)--this poem is the last included under "Emily Brontë, and there is no indication of a possible problem in attributing it in its entirety to her.

The scholarly material:

  C.W. Hatfield, ed.,  The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë (New York:Columbia UP, 1941) pp. 4-5.

  Derek Stanford (with Muriel Spark), Emily Brontë: Her Life and Work (London: Arena Books, 1960), pp. 229-31.

  Winifrid Gerin, Emily Brontë: A Biography (Oxford: Clarendon, 1971), pp. 264-65.

  Richard Benvenuto, Emily Brontë, Twayne's English Authors Series (Boston: Twayne, 1982), pp. 72-73, 129.

  Irene Tayler, Holy Ghosts: The Male Muses of Charlotte and Emily Brontë (New York: Columbia, 1990), pp. 186, 317-18.

  Janet Gezari, ed., Emily Jane Brontë: The Complete Poems (London: Penguin Books, 1992), p. 284.

Your task, in a 1-2 page essay, is to examine what these scholars make of this poem and its authorship, summarizing and characterizing the "evidence" they cite in their text or notes according to Richard Altick's internal/external classification.  How convincing do you find the various explanations of attribution?  Then explain whether or not you will discuss the poem in your paper and why you've made the decision to include or exclude it.