"He was a tremendous genius, a sort of second Chatterton"

Mr. Mybug compares Branwell Brontë to Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770), an English poet who died of arsenic poisoning in what was possibly a suicide attempt. The poet John Keats wrote an elegiac sonnet to his memory in 1815:

The Death of Chatterton
Public DomainThe Death of Chatterton - Credit: Henry Wallis

  O Chatterton! how very sad thy fate!

  Dear child of sorrow - son of misery!

  How soon the film of death obscured that eye,

  Whence Genius wildly flashed, and high debate.