Thursday, May 10, 2001

In Reference To Her Children Comments

Rating: 3.2
I had eight birds hatched in one nest,
Four cocks there were, and hens the rest.
I nursed them up with pain and care,
Nor cost, nor labour did I spare,


A love of a Mother for her children - an emotion so vividly portrayed by the Poetess......10
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Mahtab Bangalee 01 July 2019
If birds could weep, then would my tears Let others know what are my fears Lest this my brood some harm should catch, And be surprised for want of watch, .............//great poetic expression
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Kevin Patrick 26 April 2019
A mother watching her chicklets fly into the air, her love for her children runs deep in this poem, its essence is still pure almost 400 years later, that's not just great poetry, that's human capacity for love.
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Susan Williams 18 January 2018
She nailed this! ! We Mothers never stop being a Mother no matter how far away our children have flown, no matter Farewell, my birds, farewell adieu, I happy am, if well with you. how old and wise they may turn out to be, we still fret over the dangers that lurk out there. - - - - - - Says it all perfectly and poetically! Top-notch piece!
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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 18 January 2018
What a profound piece composed so brilliantly with the touch of beautiful nature as simply magnificent and outstanding............thanks for sharing
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Ratnakar Mandlik 14 June 2017
A beautiful piece of literature with eternal values. Thanks for sharing it here.
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Madhabi Banerjee 14 June 2017
nice poem. i like it
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Edward Kofi Louis 14 June 2017
Her flight! ! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing.
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Pamela Sinicrope 14 June 2017
I love this poet and this poem. She was a trailblazer in her time.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 14 June 2017
Picked twice on this category....
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* Sunprincess * 11 February 2016
................nicely penned....I agree with Mr. Barney ?
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Tracy Craighead 13 December 2015
I love Anne Bradstreet, she is always so crystal clear in her love for her husband and children. Her love is fearless and she inspires love in others. This particular poem spoke to me, it highlights a mother's unique connection to her children. A mother's love is hard to put into words, but Anne Bradstreet does a very good job at the ultimate expression of love.
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Kenneth Maswabi 11 July 2015
The cream of poetry revealed.Thank you.
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Oilibheir Álain Christie 17 November 2014
Beautie, Truth an Raritie, Grace in all Simplicitie
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John Richter 17 November 2014
I enjoy classical poetry - also re-reading good ones every 5 years or so..... I love Anne's style but must admit half-way through this one I was beginning to wish there had been many fewer than 8 birds hatched (children born) . A little lengthy for my taste - yet in the 17th century listening to this poem recited would have been akin to watching a movie on television. Their version of entertainment. Having just checked her biography it is interesting that she indeed had 8 children and was America's first published poet. What an interesting, but I fear very difficult, life she must have led
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 17 November 2014
Three hundred years a long period. But the relevance and importance of this poem is not at all diminished by the gone years. It feels it is still important and relevant and will be so after another three hundred years because of the nicety of motherhood and affectionate she is. The proud feeling of departing the children or little birds is a beautiful poetic sayings and it is great and liked.
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Kim Barney 17 November 2014
Nice poem, but it was also chosen as poem of the day exactly five years ago on November 17,2009. Poem Hunter, please have some of your humans (if you have any at the website) actually read some of the recent poems and start choosing new ones for poem of the day instead of letting your computers do it.
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Michael Harmon 17 November 2009
I agree with Kevin. Bearing in mind this was written more than three hundred years ago, it is striking how understandable it remains, which is a remarkable achievement, I think, for any poet. Some quick research revealed a site (one of many) ,, where the following excerpts are from: Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) is one of the most important figures in the history of American Literature. She is considered by many to be the first American poet.... Her style is deceptively simple, yet speaks of a woman of high intelligence and ideals who was very much in love, and had unconditional faith. While it was difficult for women to air their views in the 17th Century, Anne Bradstreet did so with ease, as her rich vocabulary and polyvalent knowledge brought a lyrical, yet logical quality to her work which made it pleasant for anyone to read.
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Kevin Straw 17 November 2009
This is a touching and heartfelt account of a mother's mixed feelings as she sees her offspring 'leave the nest'. She broods over her departed young as she brooded over them when they were at home, yet she understands the necessity of giving them their freedom. AB sustains the metaphor wonderfully without letting it obscure the feelings she is expressing by it. She does what good poets do by metaphor, she makes it say what could not be said so well without it.
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Ramesh T A 17 November 2009
Mother's love is eternal though the birds love freedom and fly away leaving the mother!
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