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Leisure - The Poem

Puisi Leisure
   
Poet: William Henry Davies
 
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evices used:
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There seven couplets which rhyme.
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Each line has eight syllables.
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There is the use of personification - "Beauty"

What is this life if, full of care
 
We have no time to stand and stare
The poet questions the meaning of life if there is no time for us to take a break from our busy schedules to appreciate moments of physically doing nothing.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
   
And stare as long as sheep or cows
The poet transports his readers outdoors to a place under a shady tree. He paints a picture of a grassy field with animals.
No time to see, when woods we pass
 
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass
The poet states that even when we pass forests (woods), we have no time to observe the natural phenomena that occur around us. He gives the example of squirrels hiding nuts in the grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight
   
Streams full of stars, like skies at night
In "broad daylight" one is supposed to see clearly. However, one is too busy and ignorant to see the "stars" of the day (that is, the reflections of sunlight on water).
No time to turn at Beauty's glance

And watch her feet, how they can dance

No time to wait till her mouth can


Enrich that smile her eyes began

The poet personifies beauty - giving it a name ("Beauty") and human qualities. (glancing with eyes, dancing with feet, and smiling with both eyes and mouth).
A poor life this if, full of care

We have no time to stand and stare
The poet concludes by saying the following: a life that is full of worries and responsibilities, which there is no time to take a break to appreciate the surroundings, is indeed a poor one.
 
    

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