Letitia Elizabeth Landon

(1802-1838 / England)

Children - Poem by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

A word will fill the little heart
With pleasure and with pride;
It is a harsh, a cruel thing,
That such can be denied.

And yet how many weary hours
Those joyous creatures know;
How much of sorrow and restraint
They to their elders owe!

How much they suffer from our faults!
How much from our mistakes!
How often, too, mistaken zeal
An infant's misery makes!

We overrule and overteach,
We curb and we confine,
And put the heart to school too soon,
To learn our narrow line.

No: only taught by love to love,
Seems childhood's natural task;
Affection, gentleness, and hope,
Are all its brief years ask.


Comments about Children by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

  • Dustin Dawin (7/31/2017 11:10:00 PM)


    simple yet complex a beautiful mix of truth and ageless wisdom. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (7/31/2017 10:18:00 PM)


    So very true! A child only needs love and affection.

    We overrule and overteach,
    We curb and we confine,
    And put the heart to school too soon,
    To learn our narrow line.

    Beautiful poem that all parents should read.
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  • Jeanette Telusma (7/31/2017 9:12:00 PM)


    Within thiscpoem lies words of wisdom on the early developmental stage of children. I really love the ending which reads.... Affection, gentleness, and hope,
    Are all its brief years ask.
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  • James Mclain Is It Poetry (7/31/2017 2:18:00 PM)


    Her reading pace is fast and sure
    Out loud when it's spoken as well.. iip
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  • (7/31/2017 1:01:00 PM)


    A classic of 19th century writing, she had a forward thinking approach to child education and development. She wished to give a child freedom to expand and develop without the oppressiveness of Victorian regime, her words still resonate today. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (7/31/2017 7:36:00 AM)


    A Classic pöem about the pure and innocent child. Most true and Beautiful poem. I have enjoyed very much this poem. Such a pity this is a true classical from the 1810.. My grand applause for Letitia Elizabeth Landon, this must be her poems in her young years, because she died when she was 36 years old. Still so young. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (7/31/2017 7:01:00 AM)


    This is the simple truth about how to bring up the children giving them lesson of love and care. They are just clumps of mud and we need to give them nice shape. Such a beautiful poem! ! Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/31/2017 2:24:00 AM)


    No: only taught by love to love,
    Seems childhood's natural task;
    Affection, gentleness, and hope,
    Are all its brief years ask.... great write. It is a beautiful poem on children who are innocent and simple. I appreciate it. Thanks to her soul.
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  • Rajnish Manga (7/31/2017 2:03:00 AM)


    ....only taught by love to love,
    Seems childhood's natural task;
    Affection, gentleness, and hope,
    Are all its brief years ask, , , , Great poem with a profound message. Thanks a lot, Dear Poet.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/31/2017 1:18:00 AM)


    Such a very good poem....thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • Oludipe Oyin Samuel (6/24/2012 3:32:00 AM)


    A basic fine truth! Great poem, classic as its writer! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



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