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Children of lesser god

Posted by ESC on June 24, 2003

In Reply to: Children of lesser god posted by Senthil Kumar on June 24, 2003

: Hi,
: Can anybody explain me, what is mean't by the saying "Children of Lesser God". How it is derived?. Thanks in advance.

According to a review online (of the movie "Children of a Lesser God") the phrase has its origins in a poem:
AUTHOR: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson (1809-1892)
For why is all around us here
As if some lesser god had made the world,
But had not force to shape it as he would?
ATTRIBUTION: Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur. Line 13.

I think it means people who are in a situation where they are not treated as well as others. They are set apart.