Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

The Cry Of The Children - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers,
Ere the sorrow comes with years?
They are leaning their young heads against their mothers---
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Comments about The Cry Of The Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Gold Star - 7,770 Points Frank Avon (10/4/2014 11:50:00 PM)

    Hardly the sort of poetry Elizabeth Barrett is known for, but much more important. A social protest of an earlier age, powerful in its repetitive detail. Such protests, thank God, eventually proved effective. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 27,614 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/4/2014 4:17:00 AM)

    Child rights are to be given proper attention which the present world gives importance. The poem having such feeling the deprived children and their plight and crying wonderfully created in such a great poem and by the great poetess. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Penky Yumnam (10/4/2013 8:45:00 AM)

    i lije this poem, .. it brings me emotions (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,109 Points Dr. A.celestine Raj Manohar Md (10/4/2012 7:39:00 PM)

    A long, emotive poem that truly brings out poignantly, the sad plight of children who are generally weak and crying because the world of adults has never ever bothered to really think about their real wants and rights in this earthly life. Also, such a terrible situation continues to prevail even in modern times and children are always the most neglected, uncared for, harmed, exploited and ruined in every scenario of man's activities. So much so, that children cannot expect a decent life-span and stay on this lovely earth created by God and may have to leave prematurely like 'nipped buds or unblossomed flowers, fallen young leaves or fallen fruits that could not stay long enough upon the tree to grow and ripen with seed! the increasing abortions of the unborn and the spate of children being killed and maimed by society are clear evidences that the world is yet most unfit for children and never will if adults remain selfish and just bothered about their own future and not doing much for improving the world for their progeny! a heart rendering versification that ought to change any adult or elderly heart to start working for the welfare of children, the most neglected lot of society! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ayodeji Oluwaseun (10/4/2012 12:17:00 PM)

    What a nice one, what a breathtaking one. am touched (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (10/4/2012 8:45:00 AM)

    Marvelous - read this and you will understand where the British welfare state comes from, and why the 19th century was such a rich recruiting ground for the political left - Marxism did not come out of an academic study but from the plight of these children. Had capitalism not been so red in tooth and claw during that period, Russia, China etc might have had very different histories. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/4/2012 2:47:00 AM)

    What strong pictures are thrust infront of me from this piece and they are so contrary. The poor emaciated child who has never seen ought but hardship and the preacher who is adored and feared by his flock. It must of been terribly hard for those who had compassion at the time.
    Its a shame these words still have relevance today (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/4/2012 2:47:00 AM)

    What strong pictures are thrust infront of me from this piece and they are so contrary. The poor emaciated child who has never seen ought but hardship and the preacher who is adored and feared by his flock. It must of been terribly hard for those who had compassion at the time.
    Its a shame these words still have relevance today (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/4/2012 2:46:00 AM)

    What strong pictures are thrust infront of me from this piece and they are so contrary. The poor emaciated child who has never seen ought but hardship and the preacher who is adored and feared by his flock. It must of been terribly hard for those who had compassion at the time.
    Its a shame these words still have relevance today (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 643 Points Ramesh T A (10/4/2011 3:59:00 AM)

    Wonderful meaningful poem! Tears elderly people knew and have control over it somehow! But how about the children never one thinks much in the sad world! It's a nice narration about tears of children and how they should live like other happy beings on the Earth as freely as they can be as we all see in Nature! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kyle Crofford (3/9/2011 6:28:00 AM)

    The cry occurs when a child is raped by a big fat black guy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yen Cress (10/4/2007 6:43:00 PM)

    This very moving depiction of the cruelties of forced labor by children in the coal mines probably encouraged the passage of laws protecting them. Things are much better today, thank God! , but in undeveloped nations, children are still a major part of the work force in the production of marketable goods and produce. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's work was written for another time and place but, unfortunately, her premise is still valid. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marcia Morris (10/4/2007 5:21:00 PM)

    This poet is deep, she pulls you in and keep you focus, one cannot leave her write untill the story is done told. Great! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mo. (10/4/2007 11:53:00 AM)

    Nice piece of work! (Report) Reply










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