The Sick Child


"O mother, lay your hand on my brow! | O mother, mother, where am I now?" In this sad little poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, a mother spends the night at her sick child's bedside.



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Total votes: 62


This poem expresses the pain and helplessness of a mother facing her sick child. This is even more moving than the story is autobiographical. The young Louis Stevenson was seriously ill and suffered from the absence of his mother. 

I think this poem is great. I really got involved on it, so I could really imagine the situation ( the scene), I could really feel the fear and the weakness of the boy; but also the affection, cofidence, care, love that the mother gives to her son!
I really think that the members of our family, are the most important persons in our life. They will be always there for us, in sad and happy moments.
I like poems and I'm good at writing them.

I think the poem is very sad because the little child is very scared, but it's reconforting that his mother is lovely and makes him feel good si he feels safer and can have sweet dreams.
I made a short poem, of what family is for me:
A fairy tale
A movie frame
A fuzz of pain
By Ayerim

i think family  is very important to affects to us...i love my family veryyyyyyyy much.
family is the best of all the social groups,it makes us feel good.for me it is just simply the best....