Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

(23 September 1861 – 25 August 1907)

Affection

Poem by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

The earth that made the rose,
She also is thy mother, and not I.
The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.
I am as far below as heaven above thee.
Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee.

Bid me defend thee!
Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me,
A hand of iron and a heart of steel,
To strike, to wound, to slay, and not to feel.
But if you chide me,
I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee.


Comments about Affection by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/28/2020 12:33:00 PM)

    Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me,
    A hand of iron and a heart of steel,
    To strike, to wound, to slay, and not to feel.
    But if you chide me,
    I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee. very fine poem.. i am weak, defencless. do not chide me. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/10/2019 10:38:00 PM)

    But if you chide me,
    I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee. // beautifully penned(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/23/2016 12:21:00 AM)

    Nice piece+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (12/22/2016 10:49:00 PM)

    The earth that made the rose,
    She also is thy mother, and not I.
    The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
    Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.
    I am as far below as heaven above thee.
    Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee.
    - - - - - - -Her affection is as natural as the earth Eearth is the spring of all emotions that define every one.Notwithstanding any distance or difference in social standing or any other barrier, her affection was genuine.If she was chided for a feeling so natural, she has no defense and she wishes to be endowed with strong will power to control her emotions.
    A poem about every human being as such emotions are common to all.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/22/2016 10:28:00 AM)

    Loved the concept and flow. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (12/22/2016 9:21:00 AM)

    Controlled passion, artfully captured and communicated. A lovely, heartwarming piece.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (12/22/2016 5:23:00 AM)

    an understanding of one's feelings about place.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/22/2016 2:33:00 AM)

    A very affectionate poem on family.Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Siddartha MontikSiddartha Montik (12/22/2016 12:32:00 AM)

    is thy mother, and not I.

    Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee.

    Bid me defend thee!
    Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me,
    A hand of iron and a heart of steel,
    To strike, to wound, to slay, and not to feel.
    But if you chide me,
    I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee.
    - -

    I must think of resigning as a Poet! ! for all the Lines so admirably penned by this Poet!
    Siddartha Montik!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/22/2016 12:27:00 AM)

    Defenceless child! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (5/6/2015 11:49:00 PM)

    Such a fierce adorable declaration of 'affection' nay love in the second stanza, following the vast distance which separates her apparent social level from his and the declaration she could not love him more if she were an angel. Such strength declared in defence of his person, such fear of being spoken to and treated like a child in his eyes. Gifted power of expression 10+++(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (3/29/2014 9:36:00 PM)

    But if you chide me,
    I am a weak, defenceless child(Report)Reply

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  • Sixtus Unfailingdreams OsimSixtus Unfailingdreams Osim (3/29/2014 3:27:00 PM)

    Whao! Was she beautiful or not? Such strong comparisons between her and the beauty of earth.
    Just as she is so impressed by the beauty of the earth so it is that most people had wonder. Quite a scenic piece of poesy.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/29/2014 1:37:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. I think I went to somewhat similar emotions writing a poem called ' My family'. Written little differently.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/29/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem with love, affection like good feeling. The world is so beautiful and it is the perfect creator of good flowers, greenish enviornment, trees and bushes, the rivers, oceans, mighty mountains and also the human being. The poem is very enjoyable for reading and repeating.(Report)Reply

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  • Hans VrHans Vr (3/29/2013 7:21:00 AM)

    Great affection and humility(Report)Reply

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  • Anthony Foster (3/29/2012 1:29:00 PM)

    Loves balance she has said it all,
    and back again a circle of eternity,
    About the strengths and weakness of overwhelming love for someone.(Report)Reply

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  • Carlos Echeverria (3/29/2012 10:56:00 AM)

    Fabulous rhythm...such a pleasure to read with power-packed, honest feeling.(Report)Reply

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  • Christopher Cruz (3/29/2012 7:42:00 AM)

    great poem i was touched when reading it(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (3/29/2010 8:07:00 AM)

    The psychological insight that affection can turn to “a hand of iron” - that love can become tyrannous is true. I could do without the metaphysics of the first verse, and have the second verse start “Affection, bid me defend thee! ” Sometimes, a poem has a kind of 'sighting' at the beginning before it truly begins.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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