Robert Southey Poems

Robert Southey was an English poet and part of the romantic school. He served as poet laureate from 1813 until he died in 1843. His legacy is centered around poems like ‘After Blenheim.’ He is also cited as the original author of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” 

The Complaints of the Poor

by Robert Southey

‘The Complaints of the Poor’ by Robert Southey takes place in a city, likely London, and describes the desperate measures poverty drives people to. 

One of Robert Southey's best poems with a long lasting impact on the reader.

And wherefore do the Poor complain?

The rich man asked of me,—

Come walk abroad with me, I said

And I will answer thee.

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