Child of a Day

By Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864
Child of a day, thou knowest not
         The tears that overflow thy urn,
The gushing eyes that read thy lot,
         Nor, if thou knewest, couldst return!

And why the wish! the pure and blest
         Watch like thy mother o'er thy sleep.
O peaceful night! O envied rest!
         Thou wilt not ever see her weep.

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Poet Walter Savage Landor 1775–1864

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Infancy, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

Occasions Funerals

Poetic Terms Elegy, Rhymed Stanza

 Walter Savage Landor

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As a poet, Walter Savage Landor has enjoyed a permanent minority reputation for the classicism of his epigrams and idyls. He was a seriously emulative classicist and wrote a significant proportion of his poetry in Latin, which was also the original language of some of the long and short poems that he published in English. Indeed, he was deterred from making it his chief medium only by the example of John Milton and the advice of . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Infancy, Sorrow & Grieving, Death

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Elegy, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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