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“They have never seen the sunshine, nor the glory/ which is brighter than the sun they know the grief of man, without it wisdom/ they sink in man’s despair, without its calm;/ Are slaves without the liberty in Christdom/ Are martyrs, by the pang without the palm.” (Browning 1127) After reading “The cry of the children” one might come to think that this poem is about the harsh conditions facing children during the industrial revolution and in the coalmines and factories in which they were working. However, if you dig a little deeper and spend more time in this text you begin to realize, that “The cry of the children” might be about more than children and working conditions. It begins at the beginning when Browning starts discussing “leaning their young heads against their mothers” (Browning 1124) comparing the children to nature and the effects of men on their working and daily lives. Which makes us believe that this story is about not only work conditions for children, but women as well, and the social unjust that women and children faced during their lives in the Industrial Revolution.
This poem speaks about children in the literal sense. Browning uses children to describe harsh conditions and uses these children’s feelings to really connect with her audience and to really connect the reader to these factories and coalmines, as if you were their working with these children. Browning says in the poem, “They are weeping in the playtime of others, / in the country of the free.” (Browning 1124) Browning was expressing her feelings towards child labor, and the treatment of these children under these circumstances. Browning also uses men a lot in this poem, almost degrading them. Browning was a feminist and she thought the way that these male owners were treating his “workers” was unfair and unjust to them. Browning mentions the word man, refers to a man or something similar at least eighteen times during the whole poem. Browning truly believed in what she was writing, that the conditions were awful at the time, and were not going to become better. So she used “The cry of the children” to show and persuade the population and to make everyone aware, on what was going on behind closed doors for children and women.
Not only does Browning use this poem as alliteration in so many ways, another being comparing these women and children to nature. During the eighteen hundreds women and children were seen as unequal and not as strong or qualified as men were. The women and children in this poem are referred to as lambs, birds, fawns, and flowers. This nature that Barrett portrays is weak, limp and feeble. Which is how the men working the factories saw these women and children they were working basically to the death. Making the nature comparison in this poem is another way for Barrett to connect with the audience, showing how awful...

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