Maternity Poem by Alice Meynell

Maternity

Rating: 3.3


One wept whose only child was dead,
New-born, ten years ago.
"Weep not; he is in bliss," they said.
She answered, "Even so,

"Ten years ago was born in pain
A child, not now forlorn.
But oh, ten years ago, in vain,
A mother, a mother was born."

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2019

A true sad poem, the saddest poem ever, since: do YOU KNOW HOW it feels to have been born a child, not alive but dead? I don´t know, but I feel the great sadness after having read the poem only ONCE. WHY? Because I have birthed three babies and all healthy and alive and she..? Only one child birthed and dead. IF the chilf though dead, was never born then a mother in her was never born too. Smartest thoughts and smartest worded.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 May 2019

She never knows motherhood if the child was never born. Motherhood, an easy word, but precious to bear and a pride to have got this predicate. True delicate, but it be so. She is a poetess of thought provoking poems. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day, dear family of Alice Meynell. I love this poem so much.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 27 May 2019

This poem is on sadness gives the readers impressive thoughts. It justified to be chosen as the poem of the day.

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Adeeb Alfateh 27 May 2019

not now forlorn.........a mother was born." motherly love for ten years great

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Adeeb Alfateh 27 May 2019

rated the great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Suryendu Chaudhury 25 October 2020

The most tenderest and sincere sense of pathos marks this poem.

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Mahtab Bangalee 11 December 2019

motherly love alive forever for her child even the lost child!

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Khairul Ahsan 28 May 2019

One of the best poems I've read in recent times! 10/10. A mother was born in pain. The poetess felt that pain. This poem is the outcome. Dead children are never forlorn, to a 'mother'.

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Paul Amrod 27 May 2019

One knows how deep the pain of death and loss must be.

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 May 2019

New born! ! ! Pain, Death. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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