Treasure Island

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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The Cry Of The Children


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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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