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Theme of the poem Children


Writer:             Khalil Gibran

Born:                January 6, 1883

Best Book:         The Prophet

Nationality:     Lebanese American

Write theme of the poem ‘Children’.

The very poem ‘children’ is written by Khalil Gibran. He was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. He is chiefly known for his book, the prophet, 1923 a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. Above all, Gibran is considered to be the third most widely read poet in history, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

This poem advocates the freedom of children from their own thoughts. Here, the speaker of the poem may be a prophet. The prophet who supports a new idea, theory etc. goes to the house of a woman. At the same time, the woman who hold a babe against her bosom asks him to speak about children. And then the prophet said, “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you they belong not to you”.

Life is an ongoing process and the total humanity is a long life. So, children are life’s children not a parents only. The parents are only the medium to bring them on the earth. Though they are with parents they do not belong to the parents. The parents may give their children love but they cannot give them the same thoughts of their own because the children themselves do have their own thoughts. Life is for tomorrow, it is not for yesterday. So, the children live for future which the parents cannot visit not even in dream.

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