Christina Georgina Rossetti

(5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894 / London)

A Baby's Cradle With No Baby In It - Poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti

A baby's cradle with no baby in it,
A baby's grave where autumn leaves drop sere;
The sweet soul gathered home to Paradise,
The body waiting here.


Comments about A Baby's Cradle With No Baby In It by Christina Georgina Rossetti

  • Gold Star - 22,932 Points Kim Barney (5/9/2015 6:24:00 PM)

    This is from Terry Craddock's first comment below:
    Because so many of Christina Georgina Rossetti's poems are well written to exquisite, the question is why was this poem selected? All poets have superior and inferior writes, so why not promote from among Christina's best work? Maybe it is a question of taste and others love this poem? [end of quote]

    Good question, Terry. You know when you go to the EDIT POEMS mode and you see a list of your poems and some of them have the word REVIEWED next to them and some don't? Well, my poem POETRY HEAVEN was selected as poem of the day on March 24 and yet according to what I just mentioned, it has never been reviewed! How could they select it without reviewing it? I think they sometimes just let their computers select a poem at random. It was a fun poem to write but it's not my best poem by any means. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 13,486 Points Terry Craddock (5/9/2015 4:59:00 PM)

    Especially liked the comment and poem by Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair, I think I am a fan :) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,112 Points Xing Hua (5/9/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    一个婴儿摇篮,
    空寂着,没有婴儿躺在那里。
    一个婴儿的坟墓,
    被秋天干枯的落叶覆 盖着。
    天堂是可爱宝贝灵魂家园,
    这里却有人在守候归来。 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 41,100 Points Chinedu Dike (5/9/2015 10:38:00 AM)

    Nicely encapsulated and well articulated piece of poetry, insightfully penned with conviction. A beautiful short and powerful poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,014 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (5/9/2015 4:33:00 AM)

    The cradle and the grave are very much connected by the thin string of time. Sometimes it can be woefully short. Few lines with much meaning to it.........

    From the velvet cushions of the cradle
    One day to the cold earthy grave
    They will let your body down gentle
    And the soul no more be a slave........... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,486 Points Terry Craddock (5/9/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    Yes I am forced to agree with Kyoko. I know the poem is about the loss of a baby, but among this theme there are some exquisite tear jerkers, so why this choice? I had a lecturer who would ask if this is a poem or a draft? Of the first three lines the second resonates, but the other two lines seem lacking and the fourth line falls flat, leaving the feeling something is missing, perhaps this is the stretched point; or is this an unfinished draft? Many poets have a score or more drafts never finished.

    Because so many of Christina Georgina Rossetti's poems are well written to exquisite, the question is why was this poem selected? All poets have superior and inferior writes, so why not promote from among Christina's best work? Maybe it is a question of taste and others love this poem? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kyoko Handler (12/24/2013 4:27:00 PM)

    Rather plain, cloying, and obvious. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010



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