An example of a poem written from daughter to mother is Elizabeth Akers Allen's 1859 poem, "Rock Me to Sleep." The poem ends with the line, "Rock me to sleep, mother, – rock me to sleep!"Continue Reading
Elizabeth Akers Allen was an American poet and journalist who published her first volume of poems in 1855 under the pen name Florence Percy. Her second volume, published in 1866 under her own name, contained "Rock Me to Sleep." Allen wrote the poem in Rome while serving as a European correspondent for the "Boston Evening Gazette" and sent it to the "Saturday Evening Post," where it first appeared.
The opening lines of the poem are considered her most famous rhyming couplet: "Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,/Make me a child again just for to-night!" Additional lines that focus on her mother include "Mother, come back from the echoless shore,/Take me again to your heart as of yore" and "Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,/Mother, O mother, my heart calls for you!"
Another poem from a daughter to a mother is Christina Rossetti's 1842 poem "To My Mother." The poem was Rossetti's first, written when she was 11 years old. It contains the lines, "To-day's your natal day,/ Sweet flowers I bring;/Mother, accept, I pray,/My offering."Learn more about Poetry
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