Christina Georgina Rossetti
London

A Baby's Cradle With No Baby In It

Rating: 2.6
A baby's cradle with no baby in it,
A baby's grave where autumn leaves drop sere;
The sweet soul gathered home to Paradise,
The body waiting here.
COMMENTS
nandala judith 24 December 2017
so heavy to bear
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Kim Barney 09 May 2015
This is from Terry Craddock's first comment below: Because so many of Christina Georgina Rossetti's poems are well written to exquisite, the question is why was this poem selected? All poets have superior and inferior writes, so why not promote from among Christina's best work? Maybe it is a question of taste and others love this poem? [end of quote] Good question, Terry. You know when you go to the EDIT POEMS mode and you see a list of your poems and some of them have the word REVIEWED next to them and some don't? Well, my poem POETRY HEAVEN was selected as poem of the day on March 24 and yet according to what I just mentioned, it has never been reviewed! How could they select it without reviewing it? I think they sometimes just let their computers select a poem at random. It was a fun poem to write but it's not my best poem by any means.
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Terry Craddock 09 May 2015
Especially liked the comment and poem by Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair, I think I am a fan :)
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Xing Hua 09 May 2015
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Chinedu Dike 09 May 2015
Nicely encapsulated and well articulated piece of poetry, insightfully penned with conviction. A beautiful short and powerful poem. Thanks for sharing.
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The cradle and the grave are very much connected by the thin string of time. Sometimes it can be woefully short. Few lines with much meaning to it......... From the velvet cushions of the cradle One day to the cold earthy grave They will let your body down gentle And the soul no more be a slave...........
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Anonymous 05 February 2018
Well Written
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Terry Craddock 09 May 2015
Yes I am forced to agree with Kyoko. I know the poem is about the loss of a baby, but among this theme there are some exquisite tear jerkers, so why this choice? I had a lecturer who would ask if this is a poem or a draft? Of the first three lines the second resonates, but the other two lines seem lacking and the fourth line falls flat, leaving the feeling something is missing, perhaps this is the stretched point; or is this an unfinished draft? Many poets have a score or more drafts never finished. Because so many of Christina Georgina Rossetti's poems are well written to exquisite, the question is why was this poem selected? All poets have superior and inferior writes, so why not promote from among Christina's best work? Maybe it is a question of taste and others love this poem?
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Kyoko Handler 24 December 2013
Rather plain, cloying, and obvious.
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