Affection

The earth that made the rose,
She also is thy mother, and not I.
The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.

by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge Click to read full poem

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But if you chide me, I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee. // beautifully penned
Nice piece+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The earth that made the rose, She also is thy mother, and not I. The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by. I am as far below as heaven above thee. Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee. - - - - - - -Her affection is as natural as the earth Eearth is the spring of all emotions that define every one.Notwithstanding any distance or difference in social standing or any other barrier, her affection was genuine.If she was chided for a feeling so natural, she has no defense and she wishes to be endowed with strong will power to control her emotions. A poem about every human being as such emotions are common to all.
Loved the concept and flow. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
Controlled passion, artfully captured and communicated. A lovely, heartwarming piece.
an understanding of one's feelings about place.
A very affectionate poem on family.Thanks for sharing.
is thy mother, and not I. Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee. Bid me defend thee! Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me, A hand of iron and a heart of steel, To strike, to wound, to slay, and not to feel. But if you chide me, I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee. - - I must think of resigning as a Poet! ! for all the Lines so admirably penned by this Poet! Siddartha Montik!
Defenceless child! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Such a fierce adorable declaration of 'affection' nay love in the second stanza, following the vast distance which separates her apparent social level from his and the declaration she could not love him more if she were an angel. Such strength declared in defence of his person, such fear of being spoken to and treated like a child in his eyes. Gifted power of expression 10+++
But if you chide me, I am a weak, defenceless child
Whao! Was she beautiful or not? Such strong comparisons between her and the beauty of earth. Just as she is so impressed by the beauty of the earth so it is that most people had wonder. Quite a scenic piece of poesy.
Wonderful poem. I think I went to somewhat similar emotions writing a poem called ' My family'. Written little differently.
A beautiful poem with love, affection like good feeling. The world is so beautiful and it is the perfect creator of good flowers, greenish enviornment, trees and bushes, the rivers, oceans, mighty mountains and also the human being. The poem is very enjoyable for reading and repeating.
Great affection and humility
Loves balance she has said it all, and back again a circle of eternity, About the strengths and weakness of overwhelming love for someone.
Fabulous rhythm...such a pleasure to read with power-packed, honest feeling.
great poem i was touched when reading it
The psychological insight that affection can turn to “a hand of iron” - that love can become tyrannous is true. I could do without the metaphysics of the first verse, and have the second verse start “Affection, bid me defend thee! ” Sometimes, a poem has a kind of 'sighting' at the beginning before it truly begins.
Nice poem. Dear friends, I have read your comments regarding this poem. I like to read your comments on my poem too (I give-up) . Best Regards, Adnan.