poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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Children

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.

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/21/2020 12:20:00 AM)

    Congratulations to L.E.L (posthumously) on having written this beautiful poem and on its selection as the 'Member Poem of the Day!
    The poem resonates in me, I can so well relate to it! When our children were growing up, I was not much mindful of the delicate handling that they deserved. When my two grandchildren are growing up, I realise in retrospect our mistakes in raising them and urge upon our son and daughter in law to be kind and caring to them. This is nature's lesson.

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/20/2020 11:40:00 PM)

    Very inspiring and children deserve the way this poem touches every aspect of subtle things as love and love and love only that can transform our children 10++

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  • L Milton HankinsL Milton Hankins (8/20/2020 10:41:00 AM)

    This is a lovely, well-crafted poem that flows so nicely it is a joy to read over and over. The subject matter is so appropriate and so needed. Thanks!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/20/2020 6:17:00 AM)

    Love is the name of the deepest feeling of the heart
    If you want to learn something from someone, then only sincere dedication is required which is an initiative of love
    And if you have to teach someone, then you need to be kind and that is also an initiative of love
    Therefore nothing can be learned or taught without love

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  • Rose DarlingRose Darling (8/20/2020 2:37:00 AM)

    You expose emotions on life and love very well. Enjoying this immensely, ty

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  • Manpreet SinghManpreet Singh (8/20/2019 10:55:00 PM)

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

    this is so true that it hurts//

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (8/20/2019 12:40:00 PM)

    Really we treat our children very unkindly. They need love and care when growing. A nice poem indeed about how we should teach the children about sharing love instead of being cruel with them. They deserve our love and kindness. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/20/2019 12:07:00 PM)

    only taught by love to love,
    Seems childhood's natural task;
    Affection, gentleness, and hope,
    Are all its brief years ask. so true dear poetess. tony

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (8/20/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    A word will fill the little heart With pleasure and with prid It is a harsh, a cruel thing, That such can be denied. Feel to be very true

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/20/2019 4:35:00 AM)

    " Only taught by love to love
    Seems childhood's natural task
    Affection, gentleness and hope
    are all its brief years task"
    A superb and profound children's poem. Great pleasure to read.

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  • Uche NwanzeUche Nwanze (8/20/2019 4:13:00 AM)

    The innocence, the beauty, the inquisitiveness, the mistakes...traits of children. If only we can be like them, free without bias and prejudice.
    Beautiful piece

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/20/2019 1:52:00 AM)

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

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (8/20/2019 12:55:00 AM)

    And I visit this poem again.
    In our 'mistaken zeal' how often we the elders impose our misguided will on children.
    This is particularly true in today's India where we push children to school and studies
    at such an early age against all her will, when the child should play and pick points of life to learn.

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  • Julia Luber (8/20/2019 12:34:00 AM)

    Sweet. Good timing day before school starts.

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  • Anwer GhaniAnwer Ghani (7/31/2019 10:45:00 PM)

    BEAUTIFUL POEM. THANKS

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/31/2019 11:26:00 AM)

    Weary hours with the muse of children! ! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • jamshaid (7/31/2019 11:26:00 AM)

    An out standing lyric about personal conduct standards of various winged creatures dependent on moment perceptions woven into a stunning sonnet. Merited exemplary lyric of the day.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (7/31/2019 11:18:00 AM)

    A very nice poem with a strong message for all the parents about how to share love with their children. Nicely crafted and it has a very sweet flow.
    'No: only taught by love to love,
    Seems childhood's natural task;
    Affection, gentleness, and hope,
    Are all its brief years ask. '... is very nice.10++++

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  • Misnia Bahri AwaludinMisnia Bahri Awaludin (7/31/2019 9:35:00 AM)

    A poem that reveal a lot of trial of life

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/31/2019 8:05:00 AM)

    though landon's view of children may be a bit romantic, she makes good points. the phrase " mistaken zeal" hits home for me. did she raise children? it took me years to see this basic fact of parent-child relationships: while children are learning to grow up, their parents are learning how to parent, both making lots of mistakes in their respective positions. -gk

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