Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Durham / England
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Durham / England
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A Curse For A Nation

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I heard an angel speak last night,
And he said 'Write!
Write a Nation's curse for me,
And send it over the Western Sea.'

I faltered, taking up the word:
'Not so, my lord!
If curses must be, choose another
To send thy curse against my brother.
'For I am bound by gratitude,
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SapphireRoad 06 March 2020
*pause not praise... as if carried too far
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Robert Eugene Haring 24 April 2019
This poem makes sense many years after her death. The roots of flowers cut!
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Madhabi Banerjee 15 August 2018
what a beautiful poem! . i like it
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Aman Sharma 19 March 2018
I like this poem a lot
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Dawanna Taylor 26 November 2015
Honestly I really love this poem. Its very fasanating and interesting.
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* Sunprincess * 12 June 2014
............writing a curse upon a nation is not a very nice thing to do Elizabeth....
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WilliamBejk 01 February 2021
maybe - but enslaving an entire people, actually harming them, not just provoking them with a curse, might be actually so much worse
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Brian Jani 02 May 2014
Nice poem I like it very much
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Savita Tyagi 12 June 2013
Ye shall watch while strong men draw the nets of feudal law to strangle the weak A happening of centuries- the curse that keeps on falling upon most prosperous! Wonderful poem!
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Joseph Abutu 12 June 2013
This is fine and absolute. Elizabeth, this poem has inspired me.
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Deci Hernandez 12 June 2012
you can see this poem still taking part in today's american society. not with slavery but with our gov't still. i wonder if she wrote this poem in a night. for how could such intellect be gathered plainly and with flawless structure unless it took many days to write or unless there was a God at hand.
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