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Poem – LeisureBy: William Henry Davies
William Henry Davies          • Born in Wales in 1871          • A poor man          • Wrote poems based on            his...
What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare.           Couplet 1No time to stand beneath the bou...
What is the poem about?• Reminds us to take time to appreciate the  beauty of nature & be thankful to God for all  His cre...
BUSY LIFE
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 &proble...
..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 shee...
..standbeneath theboughs
..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...
..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 t...
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...
Couplet 6No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began.Busy people do not have time to watch thechang...
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.
POETIC DEVICES
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          ...
IMAGERY          Streams full of stars          – the use of imagery          creates a picture of          stream sparkli...
IMAGERY          And watch her          feet, how they can          dance – a life-like          image of a graceful      ...
IMAGERY          Enrich that smile          her eyes began          – we can image          someone giving a          brig...
3. Alliteration• The repetition of consonant sounds in the first  syllables of a series of words         stand and stare  ...
LANGUAGE AND STYLE The poem is written in a straightforward  manner and is easy to understand. The  poem starts with a rhe...
MOOD AND TONE               Generally          the mood and tone              of the poem      are serious and thoughtful....
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      ...
5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem               2        Emphasises how our lives are        burde...
5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem               3        This stresses that we are so busy        ...
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’  peop...
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 danc...
Can you get the personification?        Let’s watch this video
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  1. 1. Poem – LeisureBy: William Henry Davies
  2. 2. William Henry Davies • Born in Wales in 1871 • A poor man • Wrote poems based on his experience as a tramp. • Died in 1940
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. BUSY LIFE
  6. 6. The meaning of the poem
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. ..stand and stare
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. ..standbeneath theboughs
  11. 11. ..stare as long as sheep or cows
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. ..woods we pass
  14. 14. ..squirrels hide their nuts in grass
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Streams full of stars Like stars at night
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. When nature changes, it is like a woman’ssmile. The smile starts from the eyes andspreads slowly to the mouth.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. POETIC DEVICES
  22. 22. 1. Rhyme• The repetition of the same sound at the end of a line in poem.
  23. 23. 2. Imagery• The mental picture that attracts the senses IMAGERY ..streams… ..they can dance ….smile her eyes..
  24. 24. IMAGERY Streams full of stars – the use of imagery creates a picture of stream sparkling in the sunlight.
  25. 25. IMAGERY And watch her feet, how they can dance – a life-like image of a graceful woman dancing
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 4. Rhetorical question• A question which is asked, but not expected to get an answer.
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 5. Repetition• The repetition of words or lines in a poem 2 Emphasises how our lives are burdened with worries
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. 6. Metaphor• A comparison between 2 different things without using ‘like’ or ‘as’
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. 7. Simile• A comparison between 2 different things which uses ‘like’ or ‘as’
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. Can you get the personification? Let’s watch this video

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