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Infant Sorrow

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My mother groaned, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best
To sulk upon my mother's breast.
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John Douglass 27 February 2017
The Thing most people don't get is that there are two ways to look at this poem. First is describing a child being born and the second is a criticism of the industrial revolution.
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John Douglass 27 February 2017
The Thing most people don't get is that there are two ways to look at this poem. First is describing a child being born and the second is a criticism of the industrial revolution and child labor.
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Indira Renganathan 23 February 2017
Oh little babe, how did you know you were leaping into a dangerous world while you were still striving to come out? May be this eminent poet could imagine and read your mind....so he wrote this poem.....excellent
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Alisha Castle 10 February 2016
Lovely poem by William Blake...As always.
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Very high imaginations about the thoughts of child.
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Walterrean Salley 30 March 2013
Even babies experience so much that we, as adults, don't realize. I'm glad this child (with proper nurturing) made it. Very gifted, he had so much to offer, and has left the world a beautiful legacy. May many others experience such feat.
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Poppi Westbury 28 February 2008
This poem is so fun! The last line is perfect! Infant sorrow perfectly describes I think, how a little bub must feel upon arrival into the noisy bright world after being so snug in the womb for so long - at least until they realise you are there to love them and most importantly feed them ;) - then all sorrow must surely be gone!
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Jiang Yunsheng 28 February 2008
Infant Sorrow? The sorrow of human existence?
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