Toru Dutt
Calcutta / British India
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The Young Captive

Rating: 4.8
The budding shoot ripens unharmed by the scythe,
Without fear of the press, on vine branches lithe,
Through spring-tide the green clusters bloom.
Is't strange, then, that I in my life's morning hour,

Though troubles like clouds on the dark present lower,
Half-frighted shrink back from my doom ?
Let the stern-hearted stoic run boldly on death!
I - I weep and I hope; to the north wind's chill breath
I bend, - then erect is my form!
If days there are bitter, there are days also sweet,
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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 02 August 2020
Outstanding piece so beautifully presented of life as the captive.......10+++
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Mahtab Bangalee 02 August 2020
If days there are bitter, there are days also sweet, Enjoyment unmixed where on earth may we meet? ..... Comes Death unto me? I sleep tranquil and calm. And Peace when I waken stands by with her balm........great the younge eyes and minds are captivated in the great illusion of the world where lights and darkness come equally happy and sorrow come together transient all are transient there are no need to worry for all transient movements of life
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Susan Williams 02 August 2020
Oops, it looks like PH posted my earlier comment so in fairness to you all I will try to say something worth while reading. Michael Morgan below said something very interesting. I would like to check this out. In the meantime. whoever wrote this was a poet who should be praised for this excellent poem
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Susan Williams 02 August 2020
Please ignore this comment- I am trying to comment on poems but over and over PH says I request too much. Try again later- -just checking to see if it will reject a comment on this poem as well. Sorry if this goes through
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Dr Antony Theodore 02 August 2020
This answer at least may be given, - That grace marked her figure, her action, her speech, And such as lived near her, blameless might teach That life is the best gift of heaven very good poem. t ony
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Sylvia Frances Chan 02 August 2020
3) but Miss Toru died 3 years younger and she is much more talented IF I may say. Congratulations to her family, she won the The Classic Poem Of The Day (TCPOTD) already twice before.Her poems are of a genius! Thank you dear Poem Hunter that I may know her through your choice.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 02 August 2020
2) And such as lived near her, blameless might teach That life is the best gift of heaven......................The young great poetess died at the age of 21. How youngest was that and such a poem sublimest! I am very sad to know that she died so young, but due to her dear father, her works were published.She reminds me of John Keats, my favourite poet of the romantic age who died young too,
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Sylvia Frances Chan 02 August 2020
A most beautiful lamentation on the captive the young duchess of Fleury! Should this song of my prison hereafter inspire Some student with leisure her name to inquire, This answer at least may be given, - I continue here citing her stanza: That grace marked her figure, her action, her speech,
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Michelle Benjamin 02 August 2020
really nice poem captivating title
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Michelle Benjamin 02 August 2020
nice and lovely very creative poem such captivating title
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