William Henry Davies • Born in Wales in 1871 • A poor man • Wrote poems based on his experience as a tramp. • Died in 1940
What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare. Couplet 1No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep or cows. Couplet 2No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. Couplet 3No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams full of stars, like stars at night. Couplet 4No time to turn at Beautys glance,And watch her feet, how they can dance. Couplet 5No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began. Couplet 6A poor life this is if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare Couplet 7
What is the poem about?• Reminds us to take time to appreciate the beauty of nature & be thankful to God for all His creations.• HOWEVER, if we are too busy with our daily life & worry too much, WE FORGET to watch & admire nature’s beauty.• It is a sad life if we can’t find time to relax and appreciate the nature around us.
Couplet 1What is this life if,What is the purpose of life iffull of care,full of worry (because too busy with work &problems)We have no time to stand and stare.We do not have time to pause and admirethe nature around us.
Couplet 2No time to stand beneath the boughs,Busy people do not have time to stand underthe treesAnd stare as long as sheep or cowsJust like sheep and cows which graze in thefields. They just stand and stare at theirsurrounding.
Couplet 4No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams full of stars, like stars at night.Rivers sparkle in the sunlight. In the day, therivers look like stars at night. But, busypeople do not have time to see this.
Couplet 5No time to turn atBeauty’s glance,And watch her feet, howthey can dance.Nature is personified as abeautiful woman who isglancing and dancing.When a woman glance ordance, she will move partsof her body. When naturechanges, it is like abeautiful dancer. Busypeople do not have time toadmire the changes(movement) of nature.
Couplet 6No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began.Busy people do not have time to watch thechanges in nature. When nature changes, it islike a smile that starts from the eyes andspreads slowly to the mouth.
When nature changes, it is like a woman’ssmile. The smile starts from the eyes andspreads slowly to the mouth.
Couplet 7A poor life this if,full of care,We have no time tostand and stare.It is a sad life if wedo not have leisuretime.
1. Rhyme• The repetition of the same sound at the end of a line in poem.
2. Imagery• The mental picture that attracts the senses IMAGERY ..streams… ..they can dance ….smile her eyes..
IMAGERY Streams full of stars – the use of imagery creates a picture of stream sparkling in the sunlight.
IMAGERY And watch her feet, how they can dance – a life-like image of a graceful woman dancing
IMAGERY Enrich that smile her eyes began – we can image someone giving a bright smile that begins with the eyes and progress to the mouth.
3. Alliteration• The repetition of consonant sounds in the first syllables of a series of words stand and stare beneath the boughs when wood we pass Streams full of stars
LANGUAGE AND STYLE The poem is written in a straightforward manner and is easy to understand. The poem starts with a rhetorical question and the whole poem is the answer to that question.
MOOD AND TONE Generally the mood and tone of the poem are serious and thoughtful.The persona is very sincere as he reflectson our busy lives which prevents us from enjoying the beauty of nature and life.
4. Rhetorical question• A question which is asked, but not expected to get an answer.
5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem 1 This phrase is repeated seven times to show what a busy and frantic life man leads nowadays.
5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem 2 Emphasises how our lives are burdened with worries
5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem 3 This stresses that we are so busy that we do not have any time for leisure
6. Metaphor• A comparison between 2 different things without using ‘like’ or ‘as’
7. Simile• A comparison between 2 different things which uses ‘like’ or ‘as’ ‘Stare as long as sheep or cows’ people who stand underneath the trees to stare at their surrounding are like the sheep or cows that stand and graze the whole day in the fields
7. Simile• A comparison between 2 different things which uses ‘like’ or ‘as’
8. Personification • Non-living things are given human qualities.‘Beauty’s glance , / And watch her feet,how they can dance’ Nature is personified as a beautiful woman who can dance and has a mesmerising smile
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