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Infant Sorrow by William Blake


"Infant Sorrow" is a short poem written by William Blake. This poem is about being born and the events that happen afterwards. The mother and father are weeping, the baby is sliding out and he is naked and crying. The baby is put into the dad's hands and then he goes to his mother and has a drink.

This poem is written as two stanzas with four lines in each. It has the rhyme scheme of AABB.


Infant Sorrow

My mother groaned, my father wept;
Into the dangerous world I leapt,
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best
To sulk upon my mother's breast.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Life, Happiness, Mother, Father, Childhood

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