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Oprah Interviews Elizabeth Barrett Browning Essay

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*Audience Applause and Cheering*Oprah: Good Morning everyone.Audience: Good Morning!!Oprah: Today we have a special treat for you all. What do you think comes to mind when you hear about the Victorian Era. For me, poofy dresses, Queen Victoria and Victorian Houses come to mind. In the Victorian Era, a common workday was from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those employed in mills and as servants. Death rates were drastic back then with the life expectancy up to 51 for men and 55 for women (Victorian). This puts me older than most of the middle class! But also in the Victorian Era, poetry was very popular. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian Era whose poems were widely popular in England and the United States during her lifetime(Wikipedia). Creating just drastic poems such as "Cry of the Children", "Runaway Slave" "Song for the Ragged Children" "Curse for a Nation" and "Mother and Poet"; she will have you hunting to find the hidden motive, and emotionally attached to these poems. Without further adieu, Elizabeth Barrett Browning everyone!*Crowd Applause**Oprah shakes Elizabeth Barrett Browning's hand*Oprah: Well thank you so much for coming EBB, mind if I call you EBB?EBB: As long as I get to call you O?*Audience Laughs*Oprah: *Laughing* Go right ahead. Now EBB, I know most of us are wondering, what are you intent with these poems? The way you write them is so creative and interesting with the use of poems.EBB: Well O, in "Cry of the Children", I used Rhyming Monologues. Those are 12 line stanzas with rhythm repetition. The first and third lines rhyme, second and fourth and so on. But in this poem especially, I really wanted to portray a message, the message about Child Labor. Children are working in factories where they think death is better than to be working. The children should not be thinking about death, especially at their age. Like I stated in the poem "The old man may weep for his to-morrow/Which is lost in Long Ago---", Elder man should be weeping for their death because they lived a long life, but these children just started their lives. They have a whole lifetime ahead of them; work is putting them through this misery. I mean the children know they are going to die and that what is happening to them is wrong.Oprah: This poem especially got to me emotionally. I don't have any kids for myself but this poem touched my heart. Who could do this to anyone but above all, children. In "Cry of the Children", who did you want this speaker to be? Is it a mother of a child, a narrator, or just anyone?EBB: The speaker is initially someone who is watching the children, realizing that they are going through. This speaker can be many voices. This Child Labor was more of a secret. Before the readers read this poem, they knew a little about Child Labor and don't understand the full effect of what was happening. After reading this poem, the speaker really relates the problems and anyone reading it should...

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