Robert Hayden

(4 August 1913 – 25 February 1980 / Detroit)

The Whipping - Poem by Robert Hayden

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Comments about The Whipping by Robert Hayden

  • Chinedu Dike (2/17/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    Well thought-out and elegantly penned. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/16/2017 6:28:00 PM)

    Insightful, and a reminder to be sparing with our ire and assumed superiority. (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2011 9:55:00 PM)

    But remember never assume the author is the speaker (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2009 10:24:00 AM)

    Greenwolfe is a nice guy personally but intellectually he is a idiot and his 'comment' is absolutely ridiculous. I won't even bother to dismantle it, it's too absurd for even that and it should be removed from this page by management. -LP (Report) Reply

  • (6/28/2008 1:21:00 AM)

    Shame on adults who are too brutal with their children or nephews or grandchildren etc! Revenging for life's pains on a poor child? because he is weaker than you are, so that you can do whatever you want with him? ! Heaven forbid! (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2008 3:25:00 PM)

    I agree with Kay. I think 'The Whipping' was very well written, and there was no need to say such things about a work of art. Robert Hayden is one of my favorite poets, this poem in particular ranking high in my own lists.
    Hayden uses memories from his life in his works, like so many artists/poets/singers and whatnot. Instead of criticizing the story in the poem, did you ever try to see it from the author's point of view? To see the purpose -behind- the story? Probably not, right?
    A poem is nothing more than a cleverly worded story, and this one I think was well written. You, Greenwolfe, need to get off your high horse.
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  • (1/16/2008 1:33:00 AM)

    To Greenwolfe;
    You're the one whose daft. You're one of those types who if there is no apparent, in your face beauty in a poem you can't get it.
    Oh, and I'm sure a child would be able to write 'my head gripped in bony vise'. Oh yeah. I had that phrase down when I was six. But, that's not even the point. I hate when people make comments like that. 'That's so easy, I could do it. That's not art.' The fact is a child didn't write this poem, and neither did you. You couldn't have. You never would have put these words together. You never would have written this exact poem, or anything close. And the presentation of a poem is not nearly as important as meaning, direction, and resonation, all of which this poem does have. So basically you're just wrong. About everything. About life. Your opinion can't be trusted.
    *and a little side note - Robert Hayden is a very famous, acclaimed poet.
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  • (1/13/2008 11:58:00 PM)

    I'm not surprised that no other member has submitted a comment about this
    piece of whatever. I don't know who put this writing on anything resembling a
    list of anything of value but they must be daft if they did. This is an insult to
    all other writers listed here. The reason no one has made a comment on this is
    because there is nothing here to comment on. I gave it a one but that's
    because there is no zero. There is not a child living that could not have said
    the same and said it better. Give them a pen and paper if there is something
    to be said here, you can acquire those by confiscating the ones he possessed
    but just be sure you purge them first of his fingerprints. Children are vulnerable
    to disease. And this disease is one which must be stamped out before it
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, November 25, 2011

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