Poem – LeisureBy: William Henry Davies Prepared by Nuurunnuha Md Hatta SAMBBST, Sepang, Selangor. http://teachernuha.blogspot.com/
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.• 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.
The meaning of the poem
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.
..stand and stare
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.
..stare as long as sheep or cows
Couplet 3No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.Busy people do not see squirrels hide theirnuts in grass when they pass through theforests.
..woods we pass
..squirrels hide their nuts in grass
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.
Streams full of stars Like stars at night
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
3. Alliteration• The repetition of consonant sounds in the first syllables of a series of words
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
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’
8. Personification• Non-living things are given human qualities.